The individual suspects pictured below were arrested by Orlando Police Department and charged with DUI, driving under the influence or driving with possession of alcohol or drugs. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty. In the state of Florida, jail photographs of arrested suspects, commonly known as “mugshots”, are provided to the public by law enforcement officials as a public service.

Images below are credited to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Arrests.org.

In Florida, driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense with strict laws and penalties aimed at deterring impaired driving. Florida Statutes Section 316.193 outlines the legal framework for DUI offenses. According to this law, a person is considered to be driving under the influence if they are operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, or if they are impaired by alcohol, controlled substances, or chemical substances to the extent that their normal faculties are impaired.

Penalties for DUI offenses in Florida vary based on the number of prior convictions and the specifics of the incident. For a first offense, the penalties include a fine ranging from $500 to $1,000, up to six months in jail, and a license suspension of 180 days to one year. Additionally, the offender must complete 50 hours of community service and may be required to attend a DUI education program. If the BAC is 0.15% or higher, or if a minor is in the vehicle, the fines and jail time increase.

A second DUI offense carries harsher penalties, including fines from $1,000 to $2,000, up to nine months in jail, and a minimum license suspension of five years if the offense occurs within five years of the first. For a third offense within 10 years, it becomes a third-degree felony, resulting in fines up to $5,000, up to five years in prison, and a minimum license suspension of 10 years.

Florida’s DUI statistics highlight the importance of these stringent laws. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there were over 32,000 DUI arrests in 2021. Alcohol-related crashes resulted in more than 5,000 injuries and nearly 800 fatalities. These statistics underscore the significant impact of impaired driving on public safety and the need for robust enforcement of DUI laws.

In conclusion, Florida’s DUI laws are designed to reduce impaired driving through a combination of legal penalties, education, and rehabilitation programs. The state’s commitment to addressing this issue is reflected in both its stringent legal framework and its ongoing efforts to improve road safety.

Matt McCarthy