Florida's Strict DUI Laws And Penalties

Florida has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country. With I-95 nearby, numerous colleges with students and tourists coming to St. Augustine to vacation, many good people end up getting drunk and then driving, and possibly hurting somebody.

Florida DUI law states that:

  • Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or more is illegal
  • A first DUI offense can result in an administrative license suspension for 12 months
  • DUI penalties can include interlock devices and vehicle forfeiture
  • Neither drivers nor passengers are permitted to have an open container of alcohol

Possible DUI penalties involve paying thousands of dollars in fines and restitution, driver's license revocation and months or even years behind bars.

Misdemeanor DUI

In Florida, anyone caught driving under the influence that caused damage to property, or injures another, is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor. The penalties can be up to a $1,000 fine or one year in prison. There are a lot of collateral consequences to a DUI conviction that include DUI school and community service.

Second-Degree DUI Felonies

  • DUI manslaughter/leaving the scene of an accident involving death: Both carry up to a $10,000 fine and up to 15 years imprisonment.

Third-Degree DUI Felonies

  • Three or more DUI felonies within 10 years: The penalties include a fine of no more than $5,000 and five years imprisonment.
  • DUI with bodily injury: Penalties include no more than a $5,000 fine and up to five years' imprisonment.

Knowledgeable Attorneys, Fighting For Your Rights

In reality, sometimes even the best people can make mistakes. When facing a DUI/DWI charge, you have the right to be represented by a qualified lawyer who can use their expert knowledge and experience to fight for your rights.

At Canan Law, our attorneys will fight for you, defending against every procedure and protecting every right you have. We often challenge sobriety test results from Breathalyzers and intoxilyzers and police procedures. We help you get the best possible outcome for your case.

Want To Keep Your Driver's License? Time Is Running Out.

It is also important to realize that a DUI charge also has an administrative component. You only have 10 days after a DUI arrest to contact the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to request a hearing on your license suspension and get an extension of your temporary license.

We Can Help. Don't Wait. Call 904-217-6209 Today.

Contact our DUI attorneys for a free consultation about your arrest. Call or contact us online. We offer competitive rates and a swift response for clients in St. Johns County and Northeast Florida.