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Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A.
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Florida's zero tolerance laws for drivers under 21

If you are under 21, you are not allowed to drink in Florida and the rest of the nation. However, if you are under 21 and you drink and drive, there are very harsh penalties waiting if you are convicted of a zero-tolerance DUI.

Florida's zero tolerance law for drivers under 21 means that a blood alcohol concentration of .02 percent or higher will result in a six-month suspension of your Florida driver's license. One alcohol drink is enough to push most people over the .02 percent BAC and that is what this law intends for those under 21.

The penalties include for a first DUI include:

-- 50 hours of community service

-- A fine between $250 and $500

-- Probation of not more than a year

-- A jail sentences of not more than six months. However, if you have a blood alcohol level of more than .08, you could be sentenced to up to nine months in jail.

-- At least six months of a suspended driver's license

-- Completion of a DUI school, which is 12 hours long.

At Michael A Gottlieb PA, we understand how a conviction for a DUI can impact your life. It's more than just paying a fine or losing your driving privileges. For those that are required to drive for their work, it can mean the loss of a job. The financial impact can be very significant and your reputation can suffer, too. As someone who is under 21 and charged with a DUI, it's important that your rights are protected while your case makes it way through the court system. An attorney can help do just that.

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