What Are The Potential Penalties For A Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Okaloosa County & Walton County, Florida?

Below you will find the various penalties for DUI convictions in Okaloosa County & Walton County, Florida, for both misdemeanor & felony DUI arrests.

Misdemeanor DUI Penalties

First (1st) Offense DUI with Blood Alcohol Level under .15 BAC

Potential Jail/Prison Potential Probation Driver’s License Suspension Fines Court Costs Ignition Interlock Device Vehicle Impound Community Service Work
Up to 6 months Up to 12 months 6-12 months $500-$1000 $400-500 N/A 10 days Min. 50 hours

 
First (1st) Offense DUI with Blood Alcohol Level over .15 BAC

Potential Jail/Prison Potential Probation Driver’s License Suspension Fines Court Costs Ignition Interlock Device Vehicle Impound Community Service Work
Up to 9 months Up to 12 months 6-12 months $1000-$2000 $400-500 Min. 6 months 10 days Min. 50 hours

 
Second (2nd) Offense DUI

Potential Jail/Prison Potential Probation Driver’s License Suspension Fines Court Costs Ignition Interlock Device Vehicle Impound Community Service Work
Up to 9 months Up to 12 months 12 months-No Hardship Permit $1000-$2000 $400-500 Min. 12 months 10-30 days Min. 50 hours

 
Second (2nd) Offense DUI within 5 years of prior DUI

Potential Jail/Prison Potential Probation Driver’s License Suspension Fines Court Costs Ignition Interlock Device Vehicle Impound Community Service Work
Up to 9 months,
10 days minimum mandatory
Up to 12 months Min. 5 years with 12 months-No Hardship Permit $1000-$2000 $400-500 Min. 12 months 30 days Min. 50 hours

 
Third (3rd) Offense DUI

Potential Jail/Prison Potential Probation Driver’s License Suspension Fines Court Costs Ignition Interlock Device Vehicle Impound Community Service Work
Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Min. 12 months- No Hardship Permit $2000-$5000 $400-500 2 years 30 days Min. 50 hours

 
DUI convictions, more than any other crime, require mandatory sanctions put-in-place as a part of the defendant’s sentence. In addition to the above consequences, the courts also order that every DUI defendant complete either DUI school or Multi-Offender DUI School and the Victim Impact Panel. And in order to complete DUI school, you must also complete a Substance Abuse Evaluation and undergo any required treatment or counseling if it is recommended.

If it seems that DUI penalties are extreme and virtually unending, it is because they are. And the consequences can take a real toll on a person, both emotionally and financially.

That is why most people charged with a DUI of any level, normally seek out a DUI Defense Attorney to help mitigate and minimize the effect of these penalties as much as possible, if not to get the DUI reduced or dismissed altogether. In Okaloosa County or Walton County, call me at (850) 362-6655 for a free consultation.