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Orlando DUI Penalties Attorney


In Florida, the penalties for a DUI conviction are serious. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not a traffic violation, but a criminal offense that will leave those found guilty facing serious punishment. The DUI penalties an individual will face depends on many factors, including the defendant's age, whether it is a first or subsequent offense, criminal history, and whether the defendant was charged with DUI while driving on a CDL, or commercial driver's license. At Adams & Luka, our Orlando DUI lawyers know how severe the penalties for a conviction are; we work diligently to prevent a conviction, having charges dismissed or reduced when possible.

DUI Penalties in Florida

When you understand how serious the DUI penalties are in the state of Florida, you can more easily understand why it is so critical to obtain the legal guidance of an experienced Orlando defense attorney and fight the charges. At a minimum, most defendant's face:

  • Driver's license suspension
  • Probation
  • Substantial fines
  • A permanent criminal record if found guilty
  • Increase auto insurance premiums

Individuals who are younger than 21 will face driver's license suspension for a BAC or blood alcohol concentration of more than .02%, however other penalties may apply for a BAC of .08% or higher in those younger than 18.

Orlando DUI Penalties for Specific Charges

The DUI penalties below apply to motorists who are 21 years of age or older and who are convicted for driving under the influence:

First DUI offense - Fines of up to $1,000, up to one year probation, maximum of six (6) months in jail, license suspension for up to one year, vehicle impoundment for ten days, possible community service, possible installation of ignition interlock device at your cost.

Second DUI offense - Fines of up to $2,000, maximum of nine (9) months in jail, vehicle impoundment for 30 days, maximum one year probation, license suspension for up to one year. Additionally, if it is a second offense within five years, driver's license will be suspended for five years and you will face a minimum of ten days in jail.

Third DUI offense - Fines of up to $5,000, maximum of one (1) year in jail with a minimum of 30 days in jail, maximum one (1) year probation, vehicle impoundment for ninety (90) days, minimum of ten (10) years driver's license revocation. A third DUI conviction within a ten-year period will result in felony DUI.

Fourth DUI offense (felony DUI) - Minimum fine of $5,000, maximum of five (5) years in prison, driver's license revoked permanently, maximum of five (5) years probation.

In the event you are convicted for driving under the influence while a minor was in the vehicle or your BAC was greater than .15%, fines and jail/prison time increase substantially.

Contact Adams & Luka Now

As you can see, the criminal penalties for a DUI conviction in Florida are severe. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime across the nation, punished harshly in most states as lawmakers and groups such as MADD work to crack down on those who get behind the wheel while impaired. At Adams & Luka, we know that all people are humans, and as humans we all make mistakes we later regret. If you have been arrested or charged with DUI, give us a call now for unsurpassed legal guidance and representation. We offer a free consultation, so call (407) 872-0307 or (352) 787-2101 now.

Client Reviews

I would like thank my attorney Thomas Luka. I knew from the beginning I had the right guy in my corner. While celebrating with family and friends at a Public Park in Seminole County, a fight broke out among various people. Myself, and a good friend, broke up the fight and the instigators left. Six months later, I was wrongly accused as the person who started the fight. The first attorney I hired could not even get a response from the State Attorney handling the case. Someone referred me to Tom and I felt comfortable at his demeanor and reactions.

After conversations with Tom, who knew I would settle for nothing less than a FULL DISMISSAL due to my innocence, I hired him. His firm of Adams and Luka did the due diligence by interviewing witnesses and the police who were on the scene, as well as starting a dialogue with the State Attorney. After gathering statements from witnesses, Tom was able to present a strong argument on my behalf to the State Attorney on why the case should be dismissed. If the State Attorney was not willing to dismiss the case, Tom was ready to take the case to trial.

The result by Thomas Luka: Case Dismissed.

I am 53 years old with a spotless record and glad to keep it that way thanks to the time, effort, hard work, and professionalism of the Adams and Luka and Tom Luka.

Earl from Mesquite
Thomas Luka left a life-long great impression of lawyers. He was always professional, on time, and answered things honestly. From the start and during the 14 months it went on - Tom was very upfront and honest with me about the possible outcomes. The result was better than I had hoped for. Tom really over-delivered. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Marcela Giorgi
Adams and Luka were very professional and savvy in the courtroom. When you're in court with Mr. Luka you will think you have the best attorney there. I recommend this law firm. Pioneer Tech
Rich Adams is an outstanding criminal attorney. I have had the opportunity to refer several friends and clients to his practice for handling of criminal matters, and on every occasion he has produced an excellent result. Rich practices with attention to detail, a thorough knowledge of the law, and a passion to defend his clients. I will continue to refer clients to Rich Adams, and would strongly recommend him for your legal needs. Brian Pink