Under Sec. 316.193 of the Florida Statutes, it’s unlawful to drive
under the influence of alcohol, chemical substances, or controlled substances
to the point where one’s normal faculties are impaired. The
penalties for DUI are the same, regardless if the offense involved alcohol,
drugs, or another chemical substance.
Florida is notorious for being harsh when it comes to sentencing, fines
and other penalties for criminal offenses, and driving under the influence
of drugs or alcohol is no exception. In Florida, a first-time conviction for
DUI with a blood alcohol of 0.14% or less are as follows:
First DUI Offense
- Up to $1,000 in fines.
- Must complete DUI school.
- Up to one year of probation.
- Up to 6 months in jail.
- Up to one year license revocation.
- Possible impoundment of vehicle (up to 10 days).
- 50 hours of mandatory community service, or fine of $10 for each hour of
community service required of the defendant.
Aggravating Factors that Increase DUI Penalties
The above penalties are for a simple, first-time DUI offense. In the presence
of “aggravating factors,” the penalties will generally be
worse, and this can also apply to a first-time DUI.
Aggravating factors, include:
- Having a high BAC of 0.15% or higher
- Having a minor in the vehicle
- Accidents involving property damage
- Accidents involving bodily injuries
- Repeat offenders
- Accidents involving serious bodily injuries
- DUI/Manslaughter (second degree felony)
Florida judges are not allowed to deviate from the administrative/revocation
periods that are imposed by the state. Additionally, the courts are prohibited
from reducing a DUI charge in cases where the defendant’s BAC was
0.15% or greater.
If a driver has been arrested for their second or subsequent DUI, or for
refusing to submit to a chemical test, under Sec. 316.193 of the Florida
Statutes, the law prohibits any type of a hardship reinstatement.
Contact a Tampa DUI Defense Attorney
In the face of DUI charges, the best thing you can do for yourself is hire
a hard-hitting Tampa DUI defense lawyer.
At Thomas & Paulk, P.A., we are former prosecutors with
thousands of cases under our belts. We have successfully handled
over 400 non-jury trials, and
more than 70 jury trials, thus, you can be rest assured that you will be working with some of the
most qualified defense attorneys in the Tampa area.
To learn more about our criminal defense services and how we can help you,
don’t hesitate to
contact us for a free consultation!