A Guide To Florida DUI Laws

DUI laws are defined by each state. These are mostly similar except for a few exceptions. Generally, drinking and driving is a very serious offence in most states and can affect a person considerably if he/she is convicted under DUI.

Florida has some very strict DUI /DWI (Driving under influence/driving while intoxicated) laws. DUI implies impaired driving or driving with a high UBAL (unlawful blood alcohol level). Every person driving a motor vehicle gives an “implied consent” to take a chemical breath test when suspected of drunk driving by an official. There could be blood tests and urine tests also for determining the levels of alcohol in blood and urine. Specific tests are conducted if the person is involved in an accident or if suspected of vehicular homicide.

Florida DUI law comes under DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcoholic Beverages, Chemical Substances or Controlled Substances). s. 316.193, F.S. DUI can be proved as an offense that is proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood/breath alcohol levels.

Florida DUI law has various provisions and penalties relating to DUI crime. They are: the Fine Schedule (s. 316.193(2)(a)-(b), F.S), Community Service – (s. 316.193 (6)(a), F.S.), Probation (s. 316.193 (5)(6), F.S.), Imprisonment (s. 316.193 (2)(a) 2, 4(b), (6)(j), F.S.), Impoundment of Immobilization of Vehicle (s. 316.193 (6), F.S.), Conditions for Release of Persons Arrested for DUI (s. 316.193 (9), F.S.), DUI Misdemeanor Conviction: (Accident Involving Property Damage or Personal Injury) (s. 316.193 (3), F.S.), DUI Felony Conviction: (Repeat Offenders or Accidents Involving Serious Bodily Injury) (s. 316.193 (2),(3) F.S.), Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide (s. 316.193 (3), F.S.), Driver License Revocation Periods for DUI (s. 322.271, F.S. and s. 322.28,F.S.), Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) – Alcohol-Related Convictions/Disqualifications (s. 322.61, F.S.), Business Purposes Only/Employment Purposes Only Reinstatements (s. 322.271, F.S. and s. 322.28, F.S.), DUI School Requirements (s. 316.193 F.S., s. 322.271, F.S., s. 322.291, F.S.), Chemical or Physical Test Provisions (Implied Consent Law) (s. 316.1932, F.S., s. 316.1933, F.S., s. 316.1934, F.S, s. 316.1939, F.S), Adjudication and Sentencing (s. 316.656, F.S., s. 322.2615 F.S.), Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (s. 322.34, F.S.), Administrative Suspension of Persons Under the Age of 21 for Driving With an Alcohol Level .02 or Above (Section 322.26), Administrative Suspension Law (s. 322.2615, F.S., s. 316.193, F.S., s. 316.1932, F.S.), Administrative Disqualification Law, Review Hearings For Administrative Suspensions And Disqualifications (Sections s. 322.2615 and s. 322.64, F.S.) and provisions for business or employment reinstatement.

Comprehensive information about Florida DUI law can be obtained through the Internet. Attorney firms specializing in DUI laws will also be able to provide information about Florida DUI law.

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