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Penalties for a DUI in Orlando

DUI Penalties in Florida

Penalties for a DUI conviction vary and can have a serious impact on a defendant’s life.  It is important that you have an experienced Orlando DUI defense lawyer who can dedicate themselves to protecting your rights and help you avoid conviction.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), the following penalties may be imposed on a conviction for driving under the influence:

  • incarceration
  • license suspension
  • fines
  • community service
  • ignition interlock device installation
  • vehicle impoundment
  • mandatory alcohol rehabilitation or counseling

Every DUI case is different so the penalties enforced may vary depending on the specific circumstances of your case: the jurisdiction you were arrested in, your blood alcohol concentration, and whether you have any prior drunk driving convictions on your record.

Penalties for a First Drunk Driving Conviction

  • The following penalties may be enforced for a first DUI conviction:
  • Fine of $500 to $1,000
  • 50 hours of community service, or additional fine of $10 per hour of community service required
  • Up to 6 months of imprisonment
  • Probation, not to exceed one year with the total period of incarceration and probation
  • 180 days to 1 year driver’s license suspension

If you face a second, third, and subsequent convictions, enhanced penalties will apply.  Convictions for DUI causing injury or vehicular manslaughter will also face enhanced penalties.

It is imperative to challenge your drunk driving charges so that you can avoid penalties like jail time or heavy fines.  The sooner you act, the earlier an attorney can be involved and the larger impact he or she can have on the outcome of your case.

Contact an Orlando DUI attorney at Katz & Phillips, P.A. today to talk about your case and how we can help you fight your charges.