Florida Juvenile DUI Penalties

Driving while under the influence (DUI) charges are serious offenses that can lead to severe penalties. Unfortunately, these charges can extend to juveniles when they are accused of drinking and driving. In this blog post, a criminal defense attorney will examine how juvenile DUIs are charged based on the circumstances of the arrest.

BAC & Age

Police can charge minors with DUIs if the minor’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is above 0.02%.

If someone is over 18, but younger than 21, and has a BAC above 0.02% but less than 0.08%, they can face the following penalties for a DUI conviction:

  • License suspension for six months, for a second conviction, a license suspension for a year.

If someone is over 18, but younger than 21, and has a BAC above 0.02% but less than 0.08%, they can face the following penalties for a DUI conviction:

  • Fine of $500 to $1,000;
  • License suspension for 180 days to 1 year;
  • Vehicle impoundment;
  • Incarceration for up to 6 months;
  • Fifty hours of community service.

If someone is under 18 and has a BAC of 0.02% or above, they can face the following penalties for a DUI conviction:

  • 6 months license suspension;
  • Mandatory evaluation at an addiction facility;
  • Completion of an alcohol education program.

As you can see, juvenile DUI penalties can drastically impact a minor’s life. If you or a loved one is facing DUI charges, The Morris Firm is here to help: we offer free consultations for all cases.

Call (850) 583-9112 now for a free consultation for your case!

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