For drivers over the age of 21 the legal limit in Florida for a blood alcohol level is less than .08. If you provide a breath, urine, or blood sample with a blood alcohol content of greater than .08, you are presumed to be impaired under Florida law. Drivers with a blood alcohol content of greater than .15 received enhanced penalties, as do drivers with multiple DUI convictions.
Regardless of your age be aware that drinking and driving is considered a serious offense. Below we have summarized the penalties in the state of Florida for a first offense DUI, but the average cost including legal defense, fines, and auto insurance increases is $8,000.00.
Florida Minimum Mandatory Penalties for DUI First Conviction
- Mandatory Adjudication
- Fine - $250 to $500
- Court Costs and Costs of Prosecution
- Community Service - 50 Hours
- Probation - Not more than 1 Year
- Imprisonment - Not more than 6 Months
- Imprisonment with BAL of .08 or higher with a minor in the vehicle, not more than 9 months
- License Revocation - Minimum of 180 days
- DUI School - 12 Hours
- Completion of the Victim Impact Panel Program
There are several defenses that can be raised in DUI cases. You may be able to raise challenges to the traffic stop, the field sobriety tests and the collection of blood breath or urine. Additionally, the prosecution may be unable to prove actual physical control of the vehicle or may be unable to prove the impairment element of the charge.
Lance P. Richard, P.A. has handled thousands of DUI and traffic related offenses. We can review and investigate your DUI charges to determine if you have viable defenses to have your charges dismissed or reduced. You need an experienced and skilled DUI defense attorney. Contact Lance P. Richard P.A. today for an evaluation of your case.
Lance P. Richard, P.A. handles DUI in Martin County, Florida; St. Lucie County, Florida; Palm Beach County, Florida; Indian River County, Florida; Okeechobee County Florida, and the following cities: Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth, Wellington, Boynton Beach, Port. St. Lucie, Sewall's Point, Ft. Pierce, Vero Beach, and Okeechobee.