Sunday, March 17, 2013

Enhanced DUI

In 2008, the Florida Legislature greatly enhanced the penalties for a first-time DUI offender.  Prior to 2008, a first-time DUI was enhance able only after the accused provided a breath alcohol level over a 0.20.  Beginning in 2008, the breath alcohol level required to enhance the penalties for DUI was reduced to 0.150, subjecting many more persons to the enhanced DUI penalties.

Today, if you are faced with a DUI with a breath alcohol level of a 0.150 or higher, you may be faced with a fine of not less than $1,000.00 and not more than $2,000.00; imprisonment of not more than nine (9) months and the mandatory placement of an ignition interlock device on all vehicles that are individually or jointly leased or owned and routinely operated by the convicted person for not less than six (6) continuous months.