Central Florida Driving Drunk: Jail and Probation Times for Offenses

In Central Florida, driving drunk can get you put into jail, on probation or both. The length of time that you get for either will depend on the exact nature of the charge itself, the number of prior convictions that you have on your record and if there was an accident involved in any way. For a first time offender who is simply charged with driving drunk, the jail time could be six months or less unless there is a minor child in the car at the time. If there is a child, defined by law as anyone under the age of 18, the jail time could be nine months or less. In addition, in Central Florida, driving drunk can earn you up to one year of probation time as well.

The time that you spend in jail for a Central Florida driving drunk charge as a repeat offender is increased, of course. Jail time for a second offense can be nine months or less. In addition, a second offense will get a mandatory ignition interlock device placed on your vehicle for one year. A third charge of Central Florida driving drunk may earn a third degree felony level charge and all that the law will allow to be assessed at that level unless it has happened more than ten years after the previous convictions. In addition, the third offense will get the defendant two years of the ignition interlock device and the expenses the device entails. For a third offense that happens after the ten years, there may be a fine of between $2,000 and $5,000 and one year or less in jail. The ignition interlock designation remains the same.

For a fourth charge of Central Florida driving drunk, it is a third degree felony no matter when any of the other charges are incurred. The minimum amount of fine for this level of charge is two thousand dollars and jail time is consistent with the felony codes of the state of Florida. Only an experienced lawyer can help you understand the charges and what they can possibly mean to you and only an experienced lawyer can help you make sense of the possible penalties that you might face.