• Paul J. Phipps, Esquire

DUI - First Offense

Updated: Mar 25

If you are charged with a first time DUI you have to contend with the criminal charges in Court and also with your driver's license suspension with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. Call me and find out how we can help you navigate the process and help you obtain the best possible outcome in your particular case.


When you are arrested for a first time DUI the law enforcement office will take your driver's license and the ticket you are issued will act as your temporary driver's license for a limited period of time. Within that limited period of time you may be able to seek a hardship or business purpose only driver's license through the Florida DMV to avoid an interruption in your driving privileges.


The penalties for a first time DUI in Florida are below. Instances where breathalyzer results were .015 or above or if there was a minor in the vehicle are considered an enhanced DUI and the penalties are more severe.


Minimum Maximum Enhanced

Fine $500 $1,000 Min $1,000 Max $2,000

Probation 1 year 1 year

Jail Time Time served Six Months Min Time Served Max 9 months

License Suspension 180 days One Year

Vehicle Impound Ten Days Ten Days

Vehicle Interlock None Six Months

Community Service 50 hours

DUI School Required Required

Substance Abuse Eval Required Required

Court Costs Required Required


Call Phipps at (813) 600-3201 or Contact Us to schedule a free 15 minute telephone consultation to better understand your rights and to learn how legal representation may benefit you with your specific situation.

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