A drunk driving offense can not only threaten your criminal record and your driver's license, but it can also pose a financial burden. Like many other criminal offenses, people convicted of driving under the influence in the state of Florida can face fines as well as other criminal and administrative penalties.
Criminal Fines of a DUI
Individuals facing DUI convictions may have to face the following fines as part of their sentencing:
- $500 to $1,000 for a first DUI conviction,
- $1,000 to $2,000 for a second DUI conviction, and
- $2,000 to $5,000 for a third DUI conviction.
Fourth or subsequent DUI convictions are considered third degree felonies with mandatory fines of no less than $2,000 in addition to other penalties listed in § 775.082-084 of the Florida Statutes.
Criminal Fines of a Felony DUI
Felony DUI convictions, DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide have more severe fine schedules than misdemeanor DUIs. According to § 316.193(2),(3) of the Florida Statutes:
- Third DUI within 10 years- Third degree felony with maximum $5,000 fine
- Fourth or subsequent DUI- Third degree felony with maximum $5,000 fine
- DUI causing serious bodily injury- Third degree felony with maximum $5,000 fine
- DUI Manslaughter- Second degree felony with maximum $10,000 fine
- DUI Manslaughter w/ Leaving the Scene- First degree felony with maximum $10,000 fine
- Vehicular Homicide (with or without Leaving the Scene)- First degree felony w/ maximum $10,000 fine
Other Costs Associated with DUI
Not only are there fines as a part of criminal DUI sentencing, but there are also financial consequences associated with the administrative side of a DUI. For example, if your license is suspended or revoked, you may have to pay to complete DUI school, alcohol treatment, installation, monitoring and calibration of ignition interlock devices, and pay to reinstate your driver's license. There are also legal fees.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, there are many reasons why you could benefit from representation by a Tampa DUI attorney at our firm. Our job as our clients' advocates is to build a strong case so that, if at all possible, they are not convicted of the DUI or they received a reduced sentence or charges. We also advocate for clients in administrative hearings to protect driving privileges. To learn more about DUI fines, other possible consequences and how Taracks & Associates can help, call us today for a free case evaluation!