Additional Penalties for a DUI Conviction

For a second DUI offense (within 5 years), the penalties are as follows:

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

For a third DUI offense (within 5 years), you may be facing the following:

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

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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At Thomas & Paulk, one of our primary focuses is on the defense of DUI charges. In fact, we are recognized throughout the Tampa area as one of the premier DUI defense law firms. Our team is well-versed in this area of the law and has a wide-expanse of experience in helping our clients fight against such charges.

It doesn’t matter if this is your first offense or your third, you can count on our firm to protect your legal rights. Often, our defense starts with recounting with you how the police officer came to stop you in the first place and how he or she came to believe you may be under the influence of alcohol. If the stop was illegal, or the tests were improperly administered, we may be able to argue for the dismissal of that evidence in court, helping your chances of a dropped charge.

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  • If you're arrested for DUI, you only have 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing where you can fight to save your license.

  • A blood alcohol reading of 0.15% or more can warrant an aggravated DUI charge with harsher penalties.

  • Each year, Hillsborough County issues around 4,000 DUI citations. Out of these, more than 3,000 are found guilty.

  • Per Florida's zero-tolerance policy, anyone under the age of 21 who tests positive for any measurable blood alcohol can be charged with DUI.

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