Alcohol and driving can make a deadly combination, and not just for drivers themselves, but for any passengers and other individuals on or near the roads. Public tolerance for driving under the influence (DUI) is understandably almost non-existent, and DUI penalties are correspondingly severe. DUIs carry fines of anywhere from $500 to $1000, without even factoring in legal and court fees.
For first-time offenders and drivers who had other passengers in the car while under the influence, the standard penalty is a 6-month jail term, which rises to 9 months and includes further fines if any of those passengers were children. The penalties compound for drivers under the influence who are charged with other traffic offenses, such as driving with no seatbelt, speeding, etc.
Everyone should understand the full gravity of the consequences associated with driving under the influence. Even conscientious drivers may unintentionally exceed Florida’s legal limit for blood alcohol level of .08 percent. For certain individuals, having just a single drink before driving is enough to put them over the limit. A DUI conviction can prove far more financially, logistically, and socially damaging than almost any other traffic offense.
If you have been arrested and charged with driving under influence, your driving rights aren’t the only things in jeopardy – your very freedom is at stake. An experienced attorney who has handled DUI cases can help guide you through the penalties, which may include community service or jail time, and down the long road to recovering your license after a suspension. With experienced legal representation, the outcome of an unfortunate lapse of judgment could possibly be a fine and a lesson learned instead of a criminal infraction that will haunt you for years to come.