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DUI Penalties

Orlando DUI Penalties

What is the sentence for drunk driving in Orlando?

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not merely a traffic violation in Florida, it is a criminal offense which is punishable by harsh penalties. If you or a loved one have recently been arrested on charges of DUI, it is important to fully understand the magnitude of the situation, so that you can take appropriate action to defend yourself against the widespread disruption which could follow in the wake of a conviction. The penalties for drunk driving depend on whether it is the first time the individual has been arrested for this crime or if the driver has multiple DUI convictions in the past:

First Conviction
A first time arrest for DUI is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000, community service for 40 hours, up to six months in jail and up to a year on probation, ten days of vehicle impoundment and a driver's license suspension lasting between 180 days and a full year. The driver may additionally be required to pay for the installation and ongoing maintenance of an ignition interlock device, which requires a breath sample before starting the car and at random intervals while driving.

Second Conviction
Fine of up to $2,000, maximum jail term of nine months with a mandatory minimum of ten days if it is the second conviction within five years, thirty days of vehicle impoundment, and same term of license suspension as for a first conviction unless this is the second offense within five years, in which case the suspension will be for a minimum of five years.

Third Conviction
Minimum fine of $2,000 or a maximum of $5,000, at least thirty days in jail with a minimum of forty-eight consecutive hours and up to one year, ninety days of vehicle impoundment and a minimum ten-year revocation of driving privileges

Fourth Conviction
Felony DUI offense with a minimum fine of $2,000, up to five years in state prison and permanent driver's license revocation. Note: It is also possible to be convicted of felony DUI for a third offense occurring within ten years.

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