Florida DUI Penalties

by Thomas Shawn Lupella on Oct. 28, 2014

Criminal DUI-DWI Criminal  Felony Criminal  Misdemeanor 

Summary: Penalties and Sanctions for DUI

What Are The Potential Penalties For A Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Okaloosa County & Walton County, Florida?

  

Below you will find the various penalties for DUI convictions in Okaloosa County & Walton County, Florida, for both misdemeanor & felony DUI arrests.

Misdemeanor DUI Penalties


First (1st) Offense DUI with Blood Alcohol Level under .15 BAC

Potential Jail/PrisonPotential ProbationDriver’s License SuspensionFinesCourt CostsIgnition Interlock DeviceVehicle ImpoundCommunity Service Work
Up to 6 monthsUp to 12 months6-12 months$500-$1000$400-500N/A10 daysMin. 50 hours


First (1st) Offense DUI with Blood Alcohol Level over .15 BAC

Potential Jail/PrisonPotential ProbationDriver’s License SuspensionFinesCourt CostsIgnition Interlock DeviceVehicle ImpoundCommunity Service Work
Up to 9 monthsUp to 12 months6-12 months$1000-$2000$400-500Min. 6 months10 daysMin. 50 hours


Second (2nd) Offense DUI

Potential Jail/PrisonPotential ProbationDriver’s License SuspensionFinesCourt CostsIgnition Interlock DeviceVehicle ImpoundCommunity Service Work
Up to 9 monthsUp to 12 months12 months-No Hardship Permit$1000-$2000$400-500Min. 12 months10-30 daysMin. 50 hours


Second (2nd) Offense DUI within 5 years of prior DUI

Potential Jail/PrisonPotential ProbationDriver’s License SuspensionFinesCourt CostsIgnition Interlock DeviceVehicle ImpoundCommunity Service Work
Up to 9 months,
10 days minimum mandatory
Up to 12 monthsMin. 5 years with 12 months-No Hardship Permit$1000-$2000$400-500Min. 12 months30 daysMin. 50 hours


Third (3rd) Offense DUI

Potential Jail/PrisonPotential ProbationDriver’s License SuspensionFinesCourt CostsIgnition Interlock DeviceVehicle ImpoundCommunity Service Work
Up to 12 monthsUp to 12 monthsMin. 12 months- No Hardship Permit$2000-$5000$400-5002 years30 daysMin. 50 hours


DUI convictions, more than any other crime, require mandatory sanctions put-in-place as a part of the defendant’s sentence. In addition to the above consequences, the courts also order that every DUI defendant complete either DUI school or Multi-Offender DUI School and the Victim Impact Panel. And in order to complete DUI school, you must also complete a Substance Abuse Evaluation and undergo any required treatment or counseling if it is recommended.

If it seems that DUI penalties are extreme and virtually unending, it is because they are. And the consequences can take a real toll on a person, both emotionally and financially.

That is why most people charged with a DUI of any level, normally seek out a DUI Defense Attorney to help mitigate and minimize the effect of these penalties as much as possible, if not to get the DUI reduced or dismissed altogether. In Okaloosa County or Walton County, call me at (850) 362-6655 for a free consultation.

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