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Florida DUI Penalties Chart

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As some of you may know, Florida treats Driving Under the Influence offenses very seriously. An individual charged with DUI in Florida will face both administrative and criminal penalties. Administrative penalties can result in the loss of your Florida Driver’s License, which tends to cause issues for anyone with work, school, or family obligations. While dealing with administrative issues is a very important part of any DUI case, I will address these issues in a separate post. Today we will be talking specifically about criminal penalties in a DUI case.

Here at Dale Carson Law, we defend people charged with a huge range of criminal offenses. The largest concern for the majority of our clients is whether they will ultimately end up in jail. As with any criminal offense, an individual charged with DUI could potentially end up in jail or prison. With that said, jail time is not a given just because you are charged with DUI. The vast range of potential outcomes in a DUI case is all the more reason to hire an experienced DUI attorney.

Florida treats DUI’s in a tiered fashion, meaning that subsequent offenses carry increased statutory punishments. These punishments are wide ranging and may include: jail time, probation, fines, driver’s license suspensions/revocations, community service, DUI School, interlock devices, and a host of other special conditions. Navigating these penalties can be very confusing for anyone (attorneys included) that is inexperienced with DUI’s. Some DUI’s in Florida carry enhancements that can result in even more serious penalties.  Examples of common enhancements include a BAC of over .15 and accidents involving serious bodily injury or death.

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In lieu of listing all the potential penalties in paragraph form, I have attached a handy reference chart to this post which lays out the specific criminal penalties for DUI’s. I find this chart very helpful in working my cases and hopefully it can help some of you out there. As you will see, our laws in Florida are very explicit when it comes to DUI penalties. Statutory citations have been included on the chart so feel free to reference the Florida Statutes for even more information.

As we enter the 2014 holiday season please remember that drinking and driving can have serious consequences. Don’t hesitate to call a cab, hitch a ride with a sober friend, or even just limit how much you drink.

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