DUI Third Offense Penalties
This post focuses on the penalties for “Third Offense” DUI charges – meaning a person’s first charge within a ten (10) year period. If you are looking for other DUI penalty ranges, find your correct link below:
If this is your first charge, please see my post on DUI First Offense Penalties here.
If this is your second charge, please see my post on DUI Second Offense Penalties here.
If this is your fourth charge, please see my post on DUI Fourth Offense Penalties here.
30 – 365 days
With “aggravator” : 60-365 days
Driver’s license will be suspended at arraignment
24 – 36 months
With “aggravator” : 24-36 months
Driver not eligible to regain driver’s license until completion of ADE classes.
Look-back Period / Enhancement
Will be used to “enhance” any DUI charge brought against the driver in the ten (10) years following the conviction.
Fines, Fees, and Costs
$500 – $1,000
Drivers must keep in mind other costs and fees added to their total payment. The total amount due typically ends up being between much higher than the fine itself.
Driver’s license will be suspended at arraignment.
30 – 120 day license suspension.
It is important to note that a “refusal” (declining to take the test offered by the police) is an “aggravator” on a DUI Third Offense.
Exercise Your Rights
Keep in mind that the prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt for a DUI charge. A DUI Third Offense charge is a very serious charge and can carry up to a year in jail. It is also important to keep in mind that a “fourth offense” DUI is a felony, making it even more important to try to keep the “third offense” off your record. It is always a good idea to have an experienced attorney review your case to advise you about your best options moving forward. To speak with a DUI lawyer today about your case, call our office at 859-258-2697. We are ready to help!