Any DUI conviction has serious consequences. These consequences increase dramatically every time you are convicted of DUI. A third-offense DUI will result in substantial jail time, years of license suspension, and thousands of dollars in fines and costs. If you are convicted of a third offense, there are mandatory penalties and neither the judge nor the prosecutor is allowed to be lenient.
If you have two prior DUI convictions within the past ten years and get a third one, it is considered your third offense. Even though you might not have two convictions within the last ten years, if you have one prior DUI conviction within ten years, and another within ten years of that conviction, you can still be held accountable for a 3rd Offense. Here are the mandatory penalties:
As an additional consequence, you will also face administrative penalties, such as a revoked driver’s license. For a third DUI, the time of revocation is six years. The judge does have the ability to grant you a restricted license, which lets you operate your vehicle, but only if you have an ignition interlock installed. You will have to install this ignition interlock device at your expense.
Whether it’s your first, second or third offense, a DUI conviction will have harmful and permanent consequences. You need a lawyer to protect your rights. It’s important to contact an attorney experienced in DUIs for legal representation to find the best outcome for you.