first offense duiThe defense attorneys at Arnesen Law represent clients charged with driving under the influence (DUI), leaving the scene of an accident, and eluding police in Boynton Beach, Wellington, and Jupiter, Florida. In fact, the firm’s founder, Jay Arnesen, devotes the entirety of his practice to criminal and DUI defense in South Florida.

Arnesen accumulated extensive knowledge of the specific components of DUI cases during his service as a former police officer. With advanced training in DUI detection, standardized field sobriety tests, and breath testing, he has developed a highly sophisticated lens through which to analyze these cases in order to formulate the best possible defense for his clients. Arnesen Law’s Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale office locations provide the firm’s lawyers with accessibility to courts across South Florida, allowing them to represent clients charged in a wide variety of jurisdictions. Contact these skilled legal representatives anytime at 561-419-9630 to receive a free initial consultation.

As a former police officer, I used to help prosecute these charges for the State. Now, let me use my training and experience to combat these charges for you in court.” Jay Arnesen, Esq., DUI Defense Attorney

First Offense DUI – Florida Statutes Section 316.193

First offenses for driving under the influence (DUI) are governed under Chapter 316, Section 193 of the Florida Statutes. There are a wide variety of penalties associated with these offenses, depending on the individual’s blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the alleged offense and whether or not a minor was present in the vehicle at the time.

Specifically, penalties involving the individual’s blood alcohol content are divided into two categories: those that involve a BAC between 0.08 and 0.14, and those that involve a BAC of 0.15 or higher.

Among the potential consequences for those convicted of DUI are fines, a term of imprisonment, mandatory probation, a period of driver’s license suspension, community service, and completion of required substance abuse classes and/or treatment.

Section 316.193 states the following with regard to first offenses for DUI:

(1)    A person is guilty of the offense of driving under the influence and is subject to punishment as provided in subsection (2) if the person is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state and:

(a)   The person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in s. 877.111, or any substance controlled under chapter 893, when affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired;

       (b) The person has a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood; or

(c) The person has a breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

First Offense DUI – Potential Penalties

  • First Offense Involving BAC Between 0.08 and 0.14 (or Refusal):
    • Fine: $500 – $1,000
    • Probation: 6 – 12 months
    • Jail: up to 6 months
      • May be served in a residential alcoholism or drug abuse treatment program, at judge’s discretion
    • DUI classes and/or substance abuse treatment
    • Community Service: Mandatory 50 hours
    • License Suspension: 6 months – 1 year
    • Vehicle Immobilization – 10 days (unless defendant’s family has no other form of transportation)
    • Drug/Alcohol Testing
    • Conviction for Mandatory Misdemeanor
  • First Offense Involving BAC of 0.15 or Higher – Same as First Offense Except:
    • Fine: $1,000 – $2,000
    • Jail: up to 9 months
      • May be served in a residential alcoholism or drug abuse treatment program, at judge’s discretion
    • Ignition Interlock Device: 6 months
  • First Offense if a Minor is in the Vehicle – Same as First Offense Except:
    • Fine: $1,000 – $2,000
    • Jail: up to 9 months
      • May be served in a residential alcoholism or drug abuse treatment program, at judge’s discretion
    • Ignition Interlock Device: 6 months


If you or a loved one has been charged with a first offense DUI in South Florida, the attorneys at Arnesen Law can provide the legal resources you need to fight these charges. Contact their offices anytime at 561-419-9630 for a free consultation about your case.

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Jay Arnesen is a retired police officer turned criminal defense attorney who now defends clients charged with criminal and traffic (DUI) offenses in South Florida. With offices conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Mr. Arnesen appears in courts throughout South Florida on a regular basis. Protect your rights, contact experienced criminal defense lawyer Jay Arnesen anytime for a free initial consultation at 866-347-6296.

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