How is Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Defined by the State of Florida?

Drivers face Florida DUI penalties when the State considers that an individual is DUI if that person operates or is in physical control of a vehicle on public streets or highways while impaired by illegal prescription or over-the-counter drugs, alcohol or a controlled substance which is regulated by the government. However, not all Florida drivers are aware that technically you can be charged with DUI while sittingor sleeping in a car, with the motor shut off, if you are in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition or the keys are within reach.

What Are the Penalties for a First DUI Offense in Florida?

Even a first DUI offense can carry serious punishments that can cost you in other ways besides just the money you will have to pay out in fines. The following are some of the possible consequences:

What Are the Punishments for a Second DUI in Florida?

If you already have a DUI conviction on your record Florida can complicate your life with some very serious and expensive penalties. Some of the penalties may include:

What Are the Penalties for a Third DUI Offense in Florida?

A third DUI conviction in Florida is considered a misdemeanor. However, if a third DUI conviction takes place within 10 years of  2 prior convictions on your record, it will be considered a third degree felony offense and carries heavy punishments. These penalties may include:

If you are convicted of a third DUI and your BAC was 0.15% or more, you could be subject to other penalties such as community service, monthly probation, completion of a substance abuse program, at your own expense, and a psychosocial evaluation could be ordered.

What Are the Penalties for a Fourth DUI Conviction in Florida?

There are extreme punishments for a fourth DUI conviction. The following penalties are mandatory:

If you were arrested for a DUI and already have prior convictions on your record, you need to be prepared to handle your case in a way that can minimize the overall consequences. A knowledgeable DUI lawyer can help you find your way through the complicated Florida Traffic Court System. A DUI attorney has expertise and knows how to try to achieve the best outcome for you. Our attorneys at The Ticket Clinic DUI Division can work to try and reduce your penalties, and in some cases, can even get your charges dismissed.

Hiring a lawyer at The Ticket Clinic DUI Division who specializes in criminal DUI cases can be a lot more affordable than you think, especially when you consider how much a DUI can wind up costing if you don’t attempt to, at least, lessen the charges.

If you have been arrested for DUI in Florida, call the DUI Division of The Ticket Clinic today for a free consultation at 1-800-625-5232. Our Florida DUI Lawyers have been handling DUI related cases since 1987 and have resolved 10,000 DUIs and 3,000,000 traffic citations.

Ashley Brown, Esq.

Upon graduating from The North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2020, Ashley immediately entered private practice handling cases in varies areas of law including family law, immigration, personal injury, and criminal defense. 

Quickly recognizing her overwhelming passion for the practice of criminal law and her desire to help the underdog, Ashley joined the Ticket Clinic team where she dedicates herself solely to the practice of misdemeanor criminal defense.