Florida DUI/DWI Law

An overview of Florida Drunk driving laws in Florida:

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits:
– For drivers aged 21 and over: BAC limit of 0.08% or higher.
– For drivers under the age of 21: Zero tolerance policy with a BAC limit of 0.02% or higher.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI):
– In Florida, DUI refers to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
– Penalties for a first-time DUI offense can include fines, license suspension, probation, mandatory alcohol education programs, community service, and potential jail time.
– Enhanced penalties may apply for higher BAC levels, multiple offenses, and other aggravating factors.

Ignition Interlock Device (IID):
– In certain cases, a convicted DUI offender may be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device in their vehicle. This device measures the driver’s breath alcohol concentration before allowing the vehicle to start.

Implied Consent:
– Florida has an implied consent law, which means that drivers are required to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test if arrested for suspicion of DUI. Refusal to take the test can result in an automatic license suspension.

Open Container Laws:
– It is illegal to possess an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a motor vehicle, regardless of whether the vehicle is in motion or parked.

Underage Drinking and Driving:
– Florida enforces a zero tolerance policy for drivers under the age of 21. Any detectable amount of alcohol in their system can result in penalties, including license suspension.

These are general summaries of Florida drunk driving laws. It’s important to note that specific circumstances, prior convictions, and other factors can impact the penalties and legal consequences of a DUI offense.