Punishment and convictions for a Florida Driving Under Influence of alcohol (DUI) arrest are serious and far-reaching. They include fines, jail, and administrative license suspension sentence from court. Florida department of highway safety and motor vehicles (FDHSMV) may impose restrictions that may include license suspensions separately, and other than those imposed by court. Person charged with DUI in Florida may hire the services of an efficient attorney to minimize punishments and convictions.
Penalties for a first DUI offence may include probation ranging from 3 to 5 years, a fine that may go up to $1000, or a 6 month loss of Florida driver license. A court may also ask an offender to attend DUI schooling for a period ranging from 12 hours to 45 days. Apart from this, a mandatory jail sentence may be imposed, which may vary from a couple of days to a period of 9 months. In some instances, it is possible to have this sentence converted to work service.
Penalties for a second DUI offense may include a probation period ranging from 3 to 5 years, a fine that may go up to $2000, or a 5 year revocation of a person’s driving license. An 18-month compulsory DUI program may also be imposed. On the occurrence of a second offence a mandatory 96-hour jail term is sentenced which may extend to 12 months.
On being charged for a third time with a DUI offense a 3 to 5 years of court or formal probation may be awarded. The amount of fine charged may range from $1000 to $2500. Being charged a third time might also lead to a loss of license for a minimum period of 10 years. Compulsory attendance to a DUI school 18 months may also be imposed. The above-mentioned penalties may be combined with a jail term of not more than 12 months.
A fourth offense is generally considered a felony DUI. Punishment for the same includes a jail term for not more than five years, permanent termination of license and more. On being charged with DUI it is advisable that a person seeks assistance of a professional attorney having adequate amount of defense expertise to deal with the case.