Florida DUI Laws
Each state has it's own drunken driving laws on the books. While the blood alcohol content (BAC) levels are all .08, the punishments vary widely.
And penalties are a lot like real estate values -- it all comes down to location, location, location.
Georgia has mandatory jail time for first offenders. California does not. And in Wisconsin, a first-offense drunken driving isn't even a crime -- it's a civil infraction.
This chart lays out the basics of Florida DUI law:
Florida DUI Laws: Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits and Implied Consent
|"Per Se" BAC Limit||0.08 Percent|
|Zero Tolerance (Underage) BAC Limit||0.02 Percent|
|Enhanced Penalty (Aggravated) BAC Limit||0.15 Percent|
|Implied Consent to Submit to BAC Test?||Yes|
Florida DUI Laws: Select Penalties
|Minimum License Suspension or Revocation (1st, 2nd, 3rd offense)||6 months, 1 years, 2 years|
|Mandatory Alcohol Education, Assessment and Treatment||Education (all offenses)|
|Vehicle Confiscation Possible?||Yes|
|Ignition Interlock Device Possible?||Yes (mandatory for 2nd offense)|
Florida DUI Resources:
- Florida DUI Statutes: Driving Under the Influence (F.S. 316-193).
- Ignition Interlock Program - Overview of Florida's IID program for DUI offenders (Fla. Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles).
- Driver's License Reinstatement - How to reinstate your license after a suspension (Fla. Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles).
Consult an Experienced Florida DUI Attorney
If you or a loved one are arrested for DUI, you may need an experienced DUI lawyer. A skilled attorney who specializes in defending DUI cases will evaluate all the evidence, including the procedure and results of any field sobriety and chemical tests, to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Plus it's important to speak to a lawyer familiar with the laws in your jurisdiction. Most offer free consultations, so your first step should be to contact an experienced Florida DUI attorney.