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Orlando DUI: Mandatory Fines and Probation

Posted by attorney David Haenel

The state of Florida has enacted steep penalties for those who are arrested for a DUI. The punishment becomes more severe whenever a driver has a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher, is driving with a minor in the vehicle, or has been previously arrested. Each subsequent arrest results in increased fines and penalties along with restrictions against one's freedom for much longer periods of time.

First Arrest-BAC .14 or lower

A first DUI arrest is considered a misdemeanor and carries a mandatory probation sentence of six to 12 months. A judge may also impose a jail sentence not to exceed 180 days. Other fines and penalties for a first arrest include:

  • Fine ranging from $500 to $1,000
  • Mandatory vehicle immobilization for 10 days (approximate cost $150)
  • Level IDUI school ($230)
  • Substance abuse evaluation and/or treatment (varies)
  • Suspended driver's license for six to 12 months
  • 50 hours of community service

When a first arrest is due to a BAC content that is .15 or higher, or if a minor was present in the vehicle, additional penalties are assessed, including:

  • Maximum jail sentence of nine months
  • Fines ranging from $1,000 to $2,000
  • Vehicle immobilization for 30 days ($150-$250)
  • Ignition interlock device for six months (installation cost $100, monthly monitoring between $50 and $100)

Second Offense within Five Years

A second DUI within a five-year period is still considered a misdemeanor; however, there is a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 10 days. Probation is also mandatory at this point and is typically 12 months in duration. Other penalties include:

  • Maximum of nine months' jail time
  • Revocation of driver's license for five years (minimum) or a lifetime (maximum)
  • Fines ranging from $1,000 to $2,000
  • 50 hours of community service
  • Vehicle immobilization for 30 days (between $150-$250)
  • Ignition interlock device for one year (installation cost $100, monthly monitoring between $50 and $100)
  • DUI Level II school ($400)

Third DUI within 10 years

When a driver is arrested for a third DUI within a 10-year period, the offense increases to a felony. This requires a minimum of 30 days in jail, with the maximum being five years. Some of the time may be served in an alcohol- or drug-abuse treatment program, and this is left to the judge's discretion. Other penalties for a third DUI include:

  • Probation term of up to five years
  • Driver's license revoked for 10 years to life
  • Fines ranging from $2,000 to $5,000
  • 50 hours of community service
  • Vehicle immobilization for 90 days (approximate cost $300)
  • Ignition interlock device for two years (installation cost $100, monthly monitoring fee of $50 to $100)
  • Mandatory alcohol classes and/or treatment (varies)

Hiring a DUI Attorney in Orlando

The fines associated with a DUI arrest can be very high. The best way to avoid paying them is to be found "not guilty" in a court of law. For this reason, it can be a smart idea to hire an Orlando DUI lawyer with a successful track record of acquittals. He or she will carefully examine all the evidence to see if charges can be dropped or reduced before attempting to go to trial. The money spent on an attorney could not only reduce the amount of fines, but allow drivers to maintain their freedom as well.

Additional resources provided by the author

Finebloom & Haenel P.A.
2480 33rd Street, Suite B
Orlando, Fl 32839
(407) 472-1912

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