What is the punishment for drunk driving?

Florida has harsh penalties for drunk driving that range from losing driving privileges to being jailed. Every DUI conviction carries with it certain mandatory punishments. However, there are also maximum discretionary punishments, too.

The penalties for drinking and driving include heavy fines, probation, license suspension and more. The consequences get increasingly severe with each DUI charge. They vary depending on the number of prior convictions and the driver’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). For example, a BAC of 0.15 or higher will require the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device in the offender’s car.

Penalties for First DUI Conviction

  • Fine between $250 and $500
  • 50 hours of community service or an extra fine of $10 for every required hour of community service
  • DUI school
  • Probation for up to one year and jail for a maximum of six months. The total period of probation and imprisonment cannot be more than one year.
  • 10 days of vehicle impoundment or immobilization
  • Driver’s license suspension for six months to one year

In cases involving a BAC of 0.15 or higher or a minor in the vehicle, the fine can be between $1,000 and $2,000. In addition, the offender can face up to nine months in jail. An Ignition Interlock Device must also be installed in the car for up to six months.

Penalties for Second DUI Conviction (within Five Years)

  • Fine between $1,000 and $2,000
  • 50 hours of community service
  • DUI school
  • Probation for up to one year
  • Jail for a minimum of 10 days and maximum of nine months
  • 30 days of vehicle impoundment or immobilization
  • Driver’s license suspension for five years


Penalties for Second DUI Conviction (outside Five Years)

  • Fine between $1,000 and $2,000
  • 50 hours of community service
  • DUI school
  • Probation for six months to one year
  • Jail for a maximum of nine months
  • 10 days of vehicle impoundment or immobilization
  • Driver’ license suspension between six months and a year

In cases involving a BAC of 0.15 or higher or a minor in the vehicle, the fine can be between $2,000 and $4,000. In addition, the offender can face up to one year in jail. An Ignition Interlock Device must also be installed in the car for one year.

Penalties for Third DUI Conviction (within 10 Years)

  • Fine of between $1,000 and $5,000
  • DUI school
  • Probation for one year
  • Jail for a minimum of 30 days and maximum of one year
  • 90 days of vehicle impoundment or immobilization
  • Driver’s license suspension for 10 years
  • Two years of Ignition Interlock Device installation


Penalties for Third DUI Conviction (outside 10 Years)

  • Fine between $2,000 and $5,000. In cases involving a BAC of 0.15 or higher or a minor in the vehicle, the fine will be a minimum of $4,000.
  • DUI school
  • Probation for up to one year
  • Jail for up to one year
  • 10 days of vehicle impoundment or immobilization
  • Driver’s license suspension for five years
  • Two years of Ignition Interlock Device installation

The penalties increase in severity for a fourth DUI conviction, as well as drunk driving that results in property damage or a person’s injury or death. The exact punishment depends on the particular details of each case.

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