Sentencing in Florida DUI Cases

Defense from Our Jacksonville DUI Lawyer

While the legislature does require some mandatory minimum penalties in DUI sentencing, it does give the judge considerable discretion. This means that the jail time, fine, community service and vehicle impoundment penalties you receive may well depend on the attorney you select to represent you. An experienced attorney may persuade the judge to issue only the mandatory minimum penalties that the law requires and to allow other accommodations.

Some of the penalties that you may be facing include:

  • First Time DUI - Jail may range up to 6 months. If BAC is over 0.15 percent, jail may be up to 9 months. The fine ranges from $500 to $2000. License revocation has a mandatory minimum of 180. Impoundment of vehicle is 10 days minimum. Community service is a minimum of 50 hours. If you apply for a hardship license, you must complete DUI School and possibly install an ignition interlock device.
  • Multiple DUIFor the second DUI, there is a minimum 10 days of jail with a 9 month maximum. For BAC of 0.15 percent and over, the maximum jail can be up to 12 months. If this is your second DUI in five years, your license can be suspended up to 5 years with a one year wait to apply for a hardship license. Fine is from $1000 to $4000.
  • Felony DUI A third DUI within a 10 year period or a DUI accident with serious bodily injury is a felony DUI. Jail is a mandatory 30 days with a five year sentence possible. Fine is from $2000 to $5000.

Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. - Defending Your Rights

At Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. we defend clients charged with DUI in the Jacksonville, Florida area. You are urged to contact a Jacksonville DUI lawyer from our firm to assist you. As three former DUI prosecutors with over 90 years combined experience, we are very experienced in appearing at DUI sentencing hearings. We are skilled at adjusting sentences to allow our clients to continue to work and maintain their lifestyles including jail alternatives and hardship driver's licenses. We are available to answer your questions about DUI sentencing.

Contact us for a free one-hour consultation.

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