If you are charged with a DUI in Florida, you not only face jail time, but may face penalties, attorney’s fees or fines. Determining the cost of your own DUI will depend on numerous factors – especially if you are facing subsequent charges in addition to the DUI. The costs will also vary depending on the caliber of attorney you hire, and whether or not he or she can negotiate a lesser charge.
Aside from the social stigma of a DUI conviction, there is a huge financial burden that most people do not realize. In Florida, it is considered a DUI offense to drive, attempt to drive, or be in charge of a vehicle on a public road when you have a blood or urine alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. Therefore, you could be charged with a DUI even if you are not physically driving the car, or, for example, if it is parked and running on a public street.
What are the Fines and Fees Associated with a DUI in Florida?
The penalties for a DUI in Florida will vary depending on the offense, but the following generally apply:
- First Offense: Fines and penalties range from $500 to as high as $2,000.
- Second Offense: Fines and penalties range from $1,000 to as high as $4,000.
- Third Offense: Fines and penalties range from $2,000 to $5,000.
It Is Not Just the Fines and Penalties
While you will pay fines and penalties, these are not the only costs associated with a DUI. You may face jail time – which costs you money. You will also be required to install an interlock ignition device (IID), which comes with an installation and monthly fee. You will also be responsible for maintaining and servicing the IID.
For the first offense, you can face six to nine months in jail. Your third offense, however, carries up to one year in prison. Also, your license will be suspended, which means that you will encounter further costs in public transportation or ride-sharing with others until you have a license to drive.
It Is Not Just the Financial Burden
Most people do not realize the burden that comes with a DUI conviction. If convicted, you will have a criminal record, which must be disclosed on job applications. Even if your DUI happened three years ago, it could affect your ability to get a job – especially if that job requires driving, or if your employer needs to insure you.
Speak with a DUI Defense Attorney
To avoid the harsh penalties, jail time and other burdens associated with a DUI conviction, contact a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney. The Law Office of Timothy Armstrong, P.A. can assist you with your case. Call us to schedule a consultation 24 hours per day, seven days per week at 904-356-8618 or fill out our online contact form and we will be in touch with you shortly.