Penalties for DUI in Tampa

A conviction for driving under the influence in Florida will involve heavy penalties. Even the penalties for a first offense may include a prison sentence of up to six months, driver's license suspension of up to a year, fines of up to $500 and DUI School. The only way to negotiate alternative sentencing or lessened penalties is to work with an experienced lawyer who will work to protect your rights and your driving privileges. In conjunction with the criminal case is also a DMV hearing, regarding the suspension of your driver's license.

Additional penalties for a DUI conviction include:

Second DUI Offense (within 5 years):

  • Fine of up to $1000
  • License suspension of up to 5 years
  • Up to 9 months in prison

Third DUI Offense (within 5 years):

  • Fine of up to $2500
  • License suspension of up to 10 years
  • Up to 5 years in prison

Ignition Interlock Device
One penalty common in Florida is the ignition interlock device (IID). This is essentially a breath machine that is installed into the engine of the car, about the size of a wallet or a cell phone. Per Florida Code §316.193, a defendant who is convicted of driving under the influence will have it installed in their vehicle for over a year for a second offense, over three years for a third and over five years for a fourth conviction. Should the defendant had been driving with a BAC over 0.15 percent or if they had a minor in the car at the time of arrest, it will be six months minimum for a first conviction and two years minimum for a second conviction. They will also need to incur all costs of the device, including a $12 Interlock fee, $70 for installation and a monthly fee of $67.50 for monitoring and calibration.

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