Alternative DUI Penalties in Florida
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In the United States, drunk driving is a serious crime with serious consequences.
Although the specific penalties for a DUI conviction vary from state to
state, one thing remains the same:
DUI penalties are harsh. If convicted of driving under the influence for the first time,
you may be subject to a $500 to $1,000 fine. If convicted of driving with
a blood alcohol level (BAL) of .15 or higher, you may be subject to a
$2,000 fine. Subsequent convictions are punishable by more extreme fines.
first DUI may be punished by a 9 month period of incarceration.
Subsequent DUIs are punishable by five years in prison. Additionally, if your DUI conviction
involved injury or property damaged, you may be subject to harsher penalties.
However, DUI penalties are not limited to imprisonment and fines; a drunk
driving sentence could include community service, probation, license revocation,
DUI school and other penalties.
In Florida, your first drunk driving conviction is punishable by community
service. If convicted of a standard
DUI, you may be charged with at least 50 hours of community service or a fine
of $10 per hour of community service. This fine is implemented in addition
to other fines associated with your conviction. Simply put, community
service involves donating your time to the local community and is distinct
form volunteering because it is a legal requirement – not a voluntary
effort. Any number of activities may qualify, but all community service
must be performed without compensation.
Additionally, politically affiliated services (such as working on a political
campaign) do not qualify as legitimate community service. What types of
services qualify? According to Florida Statute § 948.031(2), maintenance
work for a state-owned building or piece of property may qualify as public
service. Additionally, landscaping on a county or municipal park or recreation
area may be considered community service. Finally, working at a state,
municipal or county hospital, nonprofit organization, agency or developmental
services institution may qualify as community service as well.
Your first DUI conviction is punishable by one year of probation. According
to Florida Statute § 948.001, probation refers to a form of community
supervision. It involves specific contact with parole and probation officers
and may include other terms as well. Different offenses may merit different
types of probation. For instance, you may be sentenced to drug offender
probation if convicted of a drug crime. Unlike normal probation, drug
offender probation involves intense supervision and individualized treatment programs.
On the other hand, administration probation is a noncontract form of supervision
sentenced to individuals who pose a low threat to the community. If convicted
of drunk driving, you may be sentenced to a period of probation in which
you will keep in contact with a probation officer on a regular basis.
Depending on the unique circumstances surrounding your case, you may be
required to see an officer once a month or once a week. Failing to meet
with your probation officer may lead to a probation violation.
If convicted of drunk driving, you may be ordered to attend a DUI program.
DUI programs are offered by private and professional non-profit organizations
for the purpose of educating and evaluating individuals convicted of drunk
driving. You may be required to attend a Level I or a Level II DUI program
– depending on the circumstances surrounding your case. Level I
courses include at least 12 hours of classroom instruction. DUI classes
involve lectures and interactive learning techniques. Level II DUI courses
involved significantly more classroom time (at least 21 hours) and usually
involve an interactive, group classroom setting. Level II classes will
not have more than 15 students in them. Generally speaking, Level II classes
focus on repeat DUI offenders and many of the individuals enrolled in
Level II classes are referred to treatment.
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