DUI Third Offense

Penalties for DUI Third Offense

The penalties for DUI third offense are three times more harsh than those of a DUI second conviction.  If you are convicted, you are going to be incarcerated for four months.  That is four months without paying rent, without paying a mortgage, and without having a job.  The price of a DUI third conviction more than triples the cost of a DUI second conviction.  Here are the penalties for DUI Third Offense:

  • An "A" misdemeanor punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.  There is a mandatory minimum of 120 days in jail.  Although a third offense is still an "A" misdemeanor, you are probably going to be spending almost half of that time in jail.  The law allows you to spend a certain portion of your sentence in outpatient or inpatient rehab upon an order of the court.
  • A fine up to $10,000.  There is also a mandatory minimum fine of $1,100.
  • Loss of driving privileges for six years.  Under the penalties for this offense, you must have an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for six years in order to drive.  Additionally, you must obtain permission from the court to receive your license restriction.

The Financial Aspects

The financial costs of a third dui is triple that of a conviction for DUI Second Offense.  Your minimum fine almost doubles.  If you are approved for a restricted license, you are now required to pay for an ignition interlock device for six years.  Additionally, the jail time almost triples, which means a minimum of four months without having a job or being able to pay bills and expenses.  Additionally, you will have to get SR-22 insurance, which is only carried by certain insurance companies (for more information about SR-22, click here).

The Final Misdemeanor

This is the end of the line.  After a third conviction, any subsequent conviction for DUI will result in a felony sentence, which can carry up to six years in prison.  Therefore, if you are facing a DUI Third Offense, it is important to get an attorney that knows the law and can guide you to the best possible result.  If this is your third offense, then you are likely going to lose your job, your house, and anything else that you cannot get paid off within four months.  Therefore, make sure you hire a lawyer that can help you through the process.  If you don't go with an experienced DUI lawyer, you will have a much greater risk of losing a lot of important things in your life.