First DUI Offense

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

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

For those who have tested at a blood alcohol content level between .08-.15%, then you will most likely incur the following penalties:

  • 6 months in jail
  • fines up to $1,000
  • license suspension
  • community service

For those who have tested at blood alcohol content level above .15%, penalties will most likely be increased:

  • 9 months in jail
  • fines up to $2,000
  • license suspension
  • community service

The Effect of a DUI Conviction on Your License

According to FHSMV, for a first DUI, there is 180 day to 1 year license revocation effective on conviction date. Before expiration of the revocation period, you may apply for a hardship license in the county where you live. DUI School completion and treatment, if referred, is required. You then can apply for a hardship license in any Administrative Reviews Office (see listing "Under Suspension - Need Driver License for Work") where you live.

If you wait to reinstate your license until your revocation period ends, proof of enrollment or completion of DUI School and treatment, if referred, is required. Failure to complete the course within 90 days after reinstatement will result in cancellation of your driver license by the department until the course is completed. Failure to complete treatment may result in cancellation of your driver license.

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.

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