First Time DUI Penalties in Miami-Dade County
South Florida DUI Attorney Helping with First Time DUI Charges
Florida has some of the toughest first DUI penalties nationwide. For your first DUI, you are facing the following: a mandatory conviction (adjudication), a fine that ranges between $250-$500, 50 hours of community service, six months to one year of probation, a six-month driver's license suspension, and twelve hours of DUI school. Florida law also requires a mandatory ten-day vehicle immobilization in which your car is impounded for ten days at your expense.
DUI with a Minor in the Car
You can expect increased penalties if you were arrested with a minor in the car or your blood-alcohol content was over .15 (known as a "high blow"). Additional conditions may include a substance abuse evaluation and treatment, court-ordered Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and and the installation of an ignition interlock device.
Back on Track Program for DUI Offenders
Miami-Dade County has the Back On Track program for first DUI offenders. Not all first DUI offenders will qualify for Back On Track, but those who qualify will have the opportunity to have their DUI charge reduced to reckless driving at the conclusion of the program. As well, the court will impose a withhold of adjudication, sparing the participant the stigma of having a conviction on their record that cannot be sealed. Broward County does not have such a program. Broward County DUI offenders face the statutory penalties.
Assistance from a Former Prosecutor
DUI penalties in Florida are mandated by law and must be imposed by the court upon a finding of guilt, either by a plea or a conviction at trial. Due to the harsh penalties associated with DUI charges, it is crucial that your DUI be handled competently and effectively. For this reason alone, it is crucial you contact our Miami-Dade County DUI attorney at The Law Offices of Eric M. Matheny, P.A. today to discuss your case. Not retaining experienced counsel when facing such serious charges and penalties can be a crucial mistake and wind up costing you financially and in other ways.
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