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Will I have a criminal record after a DUI case?
Yes. Additionally, you may never erase a DUI conviction from your permanent criminal record; Florida DUI penalties provide that anyone convicted of DUI receive a mandatory adjudication of guilt. In Florida, once you have a formal conviction of a crime, you cannot seal or expunge your record.
What is the legal BAC (blood alcohol concentration) limit to legally drive in Florida?
In Florida, 0.08 BAC (blood alcohol concentration) is the legal limit.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
Under Florida law, a first-time DUI will always be a misdemeanor offense unless an accident involves serious injuries or death. If your BAC was below .15 or you refused to provide a breath sample, your charge may be considered a “standard DUI,” with a maximum penalty of six months in jail. If your BAC were above .15, your DUI would be regarded as “enhanced,” which increases the maximum sentence to nine months in jail.
A second DUI within five years of the first conviction carries several enhanced penalties. A third DUI within ten years of a second conviction can be charged as a felony. However, a third DUI outside ten years of the second conviction remains a misdemeanor offense and can no longer be charged as a felony.
How much does it cost?
Several factors influence how much a DUI charge could cost you. Hiring a DUI lawyer in Florida costs at least $6,000.
Am I legally required to submit to field sobriety tests?
In Florida, you are not legally required to submit to field sobriety tests. However, your refusal of the tests can be interpreted as a sign of intoxication.
Am I required to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test?
Yes. Under Florida law, by driving a vehicle, you consent to submit to a breath test, a urine test, or both to determine the presence of alcohol or drugs.
What happens if I refuse to submit a breath, blood, or urine test?
If you refuse a breath or urine test, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will automatically suspend your license for one year. Multiple refusals will increase the length of this suspension.
When can I be asked to submit to a blood test?
In Florida, you can be asked to take a blood test when: you voluntarily consent to a blood test; you are at a hospital, and they cannot take your breath or urine; or you are involved in an accident that resulted in severe injury or death.
What happens if I blow below the legal limit?
Florida law states that you may still be arrested for DUI if your driving is impaired, even if your blood alcohol level is below the legal limit.
Can I contest the DUI arrest license suspension?
Yes, you have ten days during which you can contest your license suspension.
Do I have to tell my employer about a DUI charge?
It depends on the circumstances behind your employment. If your work requires driving, you’ll likely need to tell your employer about a DUI charge.