I was arrested for a first time DUI when I visited Florida but I reside out of state. Can I complete any of the mandatory sanctions for the DUI in my home state so that I don’t have to return to Florida?

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Q: I was arrested for a first time DUI when I visited Florida but I reside out of state. Can I complete any of the mandatory sanctions for the DUI in my home state so that I don’t have to return to Florida?

A: Many of the mandatory sanctions for a first-time DUI can be completed in your home state if you or your attorney informs the court that you do not reside in Florida, except for a county jail sentence.  You can complete community service in your home state, and you also have the option of buying out and paying the statutory rate of $10 per hour if the judge allows it.  The most difficult sanction to complete is usually the DUI school requirements because each state usually has a different name for its own program.  You should confirm with Florida’s Department of Motor Vehicles whether your state’s DUI school program will be an acceptable substitute prior to signing up.  Please discuss how these sanctions apply to the specifics of your case with an experienced Florida DUI attorney.

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