Do DUI Penalties Vary By County?
Well, most of the time a first time offender on a simple DUI where there’s no crash involved and there are no minors in the vehicle, it’s very rare for a first time offender to go to jail. However, if you take your case all the way to a jury trial and you’re found guilty or convicted then there’s always the risk. Then it’s out of your hands, it’s up to the judge and you could obviously face up to six months in jail for a first time simple DUI.
Unfortunately, here in Central Florida, you’re outcome what happens to you can vary from county to county. So it really depends which county your DUI occurred in. So you should be very careful what legal advice you take from friends, from the media and from the internet regarding a DUI. You should really consult with a lawyer because for example, if you have a DUI in Orange or Osceola County you could be eligible for the diversion program and get your DUI dismissed. However, if you get a DUI in Seminole County, Brevard County, Volusia County, Hillsborough County, they don’t have diversion programs for DUIs, that’s not going to happen to you. So you want to be careful.