We at Carlos Gonzalez Law know South Florida is a city where residents and tourists like to have fun. Our city has an incredible nightlife. The clubs at South Beach are excellent. There are places in Brickell that serve excellent cocktails; not to mention Coconut Grove and hundreds of other local favorites. But sometimes before we party forgot to select the designated driver that won’t be drinking for the night. In such cases, you are liable to drink too much and get behind the wheel. We advise you to never ever do so and as a warning here are the harsh penalties one faces under a DUI.
• Aggravated DUI
Your DUI charge could get much worse very quickly if you were breaking the law in more than one way, such as driving under the influence while speeding. This is known as an aggravated DUI.
• Commercial DUI Regulations
Most people should not drink on the job. This holds doubly true when your job involves driving. Click here to learn about driving under the influence while holding a commercial driver’s license.
• Drunk Biking
You do not need to be in a car in order to be guilty of driving under the influence. Operating other vehicles can also become the basis for a DUI, and bicycles are no exception.
• Felony DUI
Felony DUI’s happen when someone gets convicted of a DUI with another aggravating factor present: such as this being a 3rd or subsequent conviction in last ten years or serious bodily injury.
Florida DUI Information
DUI is an offense under Florida law. The offense is proved by impairment of “normal faculties” or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. The following information applies to those with their first conviction.
Fines: If this is your first conviction, your fine will be between $500- $2,000. If your blood alcohol level is .15 or higher, or you have a minor in the vehicle, the fine will be between $2,000– $4,000.
Community Service: If this is your first conviction, you will need to serve a mandatory 50 hrs of community service or an additional fine of $10 for each hour of required community service.
Probation: For first convictions, the total period of probation and incarceration will not be greater than 1 year.
Imprisonment: Imprisonment is at the court’s discretion. Sentencing terms may be served at a residential alcoholism or drug abuse treatment program, credited toward the term of imprisonment. For the first conviction, you will receive not more than 6 months. If your blood alcohol level is .15 or higher or there was a minor in the vehicle, you will receive not more than 9 months.
For 2nd, 3rd and 4th convictions, visit http://www.flhsmv.gov
1st DUI (Driving under the influence) Conviction and License Reinstatement
If you are looking to reinstate your license and this is your first DUI Conviction, and you have 180 days to 1 year revocation effective from the conviction date, you can apply for a hardship license in your county before the expiration of this revocation period,
DUI school completion and treatment may be referred and is required. After completion, you can apply for a hardship license in the Administrative reviews office where you live. Please click here to find your local administrative office: http://www.flhsmv.gov/offices/
If you wait to reinstate your license until your revocation period ends, you may need to have proof of enrollment or completion of a DUI school and treatment. If you fail to complete this course within 90 days after reinstatement, it will result in cancellation of your driver’s license until the course is completed. Again, failure to complete treatment may result in cancellation of your driver’s license.
At the time of reinstatement for hardship or full license privileges, you must take a required examination and pay $115 as an administrative fee, along with a $60 reinstatement fee. Any DUI conviction after October 1, 2007 must have proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of $100,000 per person, $300,000 per occurrence and $50,000 for property damage liability on the arrest date or proof of liability coverage and a reinstatement fee of $150 up to $500 for subsequent violations will be required. 2nd, 3rd, 4th and other DUI (Driving under the influence) Conviction:
For more information regarding DUI conviction information, please call Carlos Gonzalez Law at (786) 358-6888