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What Potential Penalties Might You Face for a Florida DUI?

Understanding the potential penalties you may face when arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) can help put your case into perspective. A Florida DUI attorney in Jacksonville works to help you beat the charges, seek reduced charges or obtain lighter sentencing.

Florida statutes outline penalties for DUI offenses as follows:

First DUI offense

  • Fine not less than $500 and no more than $1,000
  • Imprisonment for no more than six months

Second DUI offense

  • Fine not less than $1,000 and no more than $2,000
  • Imprisonment for no more than nine months
  • One-year placement of an ignition interlock device (IID) at the individual’s expense

Third DUI offense (within 10 years of a prior conviction)

  • Third-degree felony charges
  • Fine of $5,000
  • Imprisonment for no less than five years and no more than 10 years
  • IID for no less than two years at the individual’s expense

Third DUI offense (occurring after 10 years of a prior conviction)

  • Fine no less than $2,000 and no more than $5,000
  • Imprisonment for no more than 12 months
  • IID for two years at the individual’s expense

Fourth DUI offense (regardless of when prior convictions were committed)

  • Third-degree felony charges
  • Fine of $5,000 (no less than $2,000)
  • Imprisonment for no less than five years and no more than 10 years
  • IID for no less than two years at the individual’s expense

Florida’s potential penalties for DUI are harsh compared with some other states, which makes it vital to obtain criminal defense from experienced Jacksonville DUI attorneys.

Robert Shafer & Associates have provided effective criminal defense for clients in DUI cases since 1979.

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