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The high financial cost of drunk driving

If convicted of drunk driving, Florida drivers can face a myriad of penalties that can affect various areas of their lives. From potential jail time to loss of driving privileges, a driver would be wise to work to mitigate some of these potential penalties through a strong defense strategy.

You may be concerned about the prospect of time behind bars or the fact that you may have to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car if convicted of drunk driving, but there are other penalties that can also have a negative impact on your life. In addition to the other consequences, the financial penalties you may face can be quite expensive.

How much will I have to pay?

The amount of fines that you may have to pay for drunk driving depends on your previous drunk driving history and the level of your blood alcohol level (BAL) at the time of the traffic stop. Drunk driving fines in Florida are as follows:

  • First DUI conviction: Fines will range from $500 to $1,000. If BAL is .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the vehicle at the time, fines can range from $1,000 to $2,000.
  • Second DUI conviction: Fines range from $1,000 to $2,000. If BAL is .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the vehicle at the time, fines range from $2,000 to $4,000.
  • Third DUI conviction: If it is more than 10 years since the second DUI, fines range from $2,000 to $5,000. If BAL was .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the car at the time, fines will start at $4,000.
  • Fourth or subsequent DUI conviction: Fines will start at $2,000.

The financial penalties for a DUI are steep, but that is not the only way that it can cost you. From missing work due to court appearances to paying to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car, the costs of drunk driving are substantial and have the ability to negatively impact your overall financial health.

Your need for a strong DUI defense

Whether it is your first or your fourth DUI, you have the right to defend yourself against these charges and fight the case against you. There is much at stake, including expensive fines, and you would be wise to take quick action to learn about potential defense options. In some cases, it is possible to challenge the prosecution's case, resulting in lesser penalties or a reduction or dismissal of all charges.

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