First DUI Charges in Florida

Defense from a Tallahassee DUI Attorney

Driving under the influence, or DUI, is a type of criminal charge that should not be taken lightly. Drunk driving charges are fairly common occurrences, putting everyday people at risk for making this mistake. Simply having a few drinks with coworkers and then getting behind the wheel can potentially put your future at stake.

Penalties for a First DUI Offense

For many people, a DUI can come as a surprise. They seem fine to drive and do not appear to be impaired. An officer might disagree and run various tests to help them make a decision. In a DUI case, the penalties may be harsher than many people realize. For a first conviction, the penalties can include:

  • Fine of $500-$1,000.
    • This increases to $1,000-$2,000 if the BAL is .15 or above, or if there is a minor in the vehicle.
  • Up to six months in jail.
    • This is increased to as much as 9 months in jail for a BAL of .15 or if there is a minor in the vehicle.
  • Probation for up to a year.
  • Impoundment of vehicle for 10 days.
  • 50 hours of community service.

Get a Tallahasee DUI Attorney on Your Side

Under 316.193 of the Florida Statutes, DUI is defined as the impairment of normal functions or a BAL of .08 or more. If you are charged with this offense, you will face the above penalties, in addition to a mark on your record. This information is open to the public and can also be accessed by future employers and other professionals. The best option is to fight the charge altogether, but if you are unable to have it dropped, you can also seek a reduction in penalties. Our firm is highly experienced in DUI law and knows what it takes to keep your penalties at a minimum.

Contact us today for a free case evaluation!