First DUI Offense

Arrested for DUI in Miami? Call for a Free Consultation!

When it comes to charges of driving under the influence, law enforcement takes an approach of deterrence. They do this by making penalties for a first-time DUI conviction harsh enough to deter repeated offenses. Furthermore, the perceived danger to the public posed by someone driving under the influence of alcohol is great enough to warrant serious consequences. Lobbying grooups, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) push state legislatures, and the federal government, into enacting more serious consequences for a DUI conviction.

If you have been charged with your first DUI, you should seek quality defense from a top attorney in order to protect your future and hold off the ramifications of a conviction.

I am Miami DUI Attorney Jonathan Blecher, and I have over three decades of experience. Both my peers and former clients endorse my services, knowing me to be a tenacious advocate and knowledgeable about DUI laws. I have successfully defended over 3,000 DUI cases in both state and federal courts. Avvo has awarded me a rating of 10.0-Superb, and I have been listed in Florida Trend's Legal Elite and Cambridge Who's Who in Law. Call my office to receive your free case evaluation!

What are the penalties for a first-DUI in Florida?

In Florida, a first-DUI offense is usually charged as a traffic misdemeanor, but there are still a number of significant penalties associated with a conviction.

For those who have tested at a blood alcohol content level between .08-.149%, then you will face the following penalties:

  • up to 6 months in jail
  • fines up to $1,000
  • license suspension
  • community service
  • DUI education classes
  • vehicle immobilzation

For those who have tested at blood alcohol content level above .15%, penalties are increased. Some of the penalties include:

  • up to 9 months in jail
  • fines up to $2,000
  • license suspension
  • community service
  • ignition interlock device on vehicle

The Effect of a DUI Conviction on Your License

A first offense for DUI comes with license revocations of 180 days to 1 year, which is effective upon conviction. A defendant may apply for a hardship license in the county where he or she lives. This may be helpful for you if you need your license in order to keep your job or maintain your education. If referred, DUI school completion and alcohol treatment may be required after which, you may apply for a hardship license at any Administrative Reviews Office near your place of residence.

Even if you wait until your revocation period ends to reinstate your license, you will still need to provide proof of enrollment in or completion of DUI school and alcohol treatment. If you fail to complete the course within 90 days of your reinstatement, your license will be cancelled by the department until you provide proof that the course was completed.

At the time of reinstatement, whether for a hardship license or a full license, you must take the required examination, and pay $115 administrative fee and $60 reinstatement fee and any license fee required. Proof of liability insurance on the arrest date will be required or proof of liability coverage and a $15 reinstatement fee will be required.

Contact Jonathan Blecher, P.A.

If you have been charged with your first DUI, then you need to get trusted defense from a top attorney! I am Attorney Jonathan Blecher and I have over three decades of experience. Both my peers and former clients endorse my services, knowing me to be tenacious and knowledgeable about each case. I have successfully defended over 3,000 DUI cases in both the state and federal courts. Avvo has given me a rating of 10.0-Superb and I have been listed in Florida Trend's Legal Elite and Cambridge Who's Who in Law. Call my office to receive your free case evaluation!