The amount of trouble you can get into for being charged with a DUI in Florida depends on your level of impairment and whether there were aggravating circumstances. The Driving under the influence law makes it illegal for anyone with a minimum Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) of .08 or more to operate a motor vehicle. The penalty for a first DUI conviction in Florida can include:
- A fine of not less than $500 or more than $1,000.
- Up to six months in jail.
- Driver’s license suspended for up to 1 year.
- Vehicle impoundment
- Community Service
Florida DUI penalties increase for repeat offenses or if there was an accident with damage, injuries, or death. There are enhanced penalties for higher blood alcohol levels and other situations. The best way to beat a DUI charge in Florida is with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. With an aggressive DUI lawyer fighting your case, it’s possible to get the charges reduced or have the case dismissed. Call 407-644-2466 or use our online contact form for a free consultation with the Orlando DUI Attorneys at the Rivas Law Firm.
Damage to Property or Person
According to Fl Statute 316.193, a driver with a BAC of .08 or more “who causes or contributes to causing damage to the property or person of another commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.” The penalties for a DUI with Property Damage in Florida include:
- Up to a year in jail.
- Up to a year of probation.
- Minimum six-month driver’s license revocation, up to a year.
- Minimum fine of $500, up to $1,000.
- Impounding or immobilization of the vehicle for 10 days.
- 50 hours of community service.
- 12-hour DUI Substance Abuse Course.
- An evaluation for a Substance Abuse Treatment program.
Penalties are enhanced for a BAC of .15 or more or if a minor was in the vehicle.
Your best chance at avoiding the worst consequences of a DUI with property damage is with an experienced and aggressive criminal attorney. The prosecutor has to prove every element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Our office will conduct a thorough pre-trial investigation and look for ways to challenge and exclude evidence and testimony. Did the police follow proper procedure? Did they administer sobriety tests according to the rules?
Our lawyers are passionate about the law and the rights of the accused. The Orlando DUI defense attorneys at the Rivas Law Firm will work hard for the best possible outcome in your case. If you or a loved one is facing DUI charges in Florida, call 407-644-2466 or contact us online for a free consultation.