Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime in Florida. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher if you are over 21 years old, or .02% or higher if you are under 21 years old. You can also be charged with DUI if you are impaired by drugs or alcohol, even if your BAC is below the legal limit.
If you are arrested for DUI, you will be taken to the police station for a breath test or blood test. If your BAC is above the legal limit, or if you refuse to submit to a test, you will be charged with DUI.
Florida DUI Penalties
The penalties for DUI in Florida vary depending on the number of prior DUI offenses you have. The following table shows the maximum penalties for each number of DUI offenses:
|Offense||Jail Time||Fine||Driver's License Revocation|
|First DUI||6 months||$1,000||180 days|
|Second DUI within 5 years||1 year||$2,000||5 years|
|Third DUI within 10 years||5 years||$5,000||10 years|
|Fourth DUI or more||5 years||$5,000||Permanent|