Will You Go to Jail If You Get a DUI in Florida?

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If you face charges for driving under the influence, please read on, then contact an experienced Pensacola DUI defense lawyer to learn if you will go to jail if you get a DUI in Florida.

Will a DUI lead to time in jail in Florida?

In the Sunshine State, there is no mandatory minimum jail sentence for most first-offense DUIs. Likewise, the maximum possible sentence depends on the circumstances of the case. Nonetheless, the jail sentences break down as follows:

First-offense DUI:

  • Standard DUI: Up to 6 months
  • Blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent or more: Up to 9 months
  • Having a passenger under 18 years old: Up to 9 months
  • Accident involving property damage or minor injuries: Up to 1 year
  • Accident involving serious bodily harm: Up to 5 years

Second-offense DUI:

  • Standard DUI: Up to 9 months
  • Blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent or more: Up to 1 year
  • Having a passenger under 18 years old: Up to 1 year
  • Accident involving property damage or minor injuries: Up to 1 year
  • Accident involving serious bodily harm: Up to 5 years

Third-offense DUI:

  • Standard DUI: 30 days to 5 years
  • Blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent or more: Up to 5 years
  • Having a passenger under 18 years old: Up to 5 years
  • Accident involving property damage or minor injuries: Up to 5 years
  • Accident involving serious bodily harm: Up to 5 years

Regardless of whether this is your first, second, third or subsequent offense, you should reach out to a skilled Escambia County criminal defense lawyer to discuss your next steps and plan your defense.

How can a Florida DUI defense lawyer help you avoid time in jail?

A skilled Escambia County criminal defense lawyer might have any number of defenses to utilize on your behalf. First off, it might turn out that the police did not have probable cause to pull you over or subject you to sobriety tests and thus, anything they allegedly discovered might be deemed inadmissible. The equipment they used to determine your blood alcohol content could very well have been improperly calibrated or malfunctioning on the date of the incident. Your underlying medical conditions and the medications you use to treat them might be erroneously mistaken for inebriation. The strategy your legal representative employs will depend on your unique circumstances. Do not face these charges alone. Please give us a call today.

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