Third Offense DWI

Being convicted a third time for driving while intoxicated (DWI) within a ten year period will result in the legal system deeming you a habitual offender. Penalties will drastically increase compared to the prior convictions.

Your driver’s license will be suspended for up to three years. After one year you can request a restricted license allowing you to drive to and from work and school.

Criminal penalties for a third DWI can include,

  • A fine from $390 to $1,000.
  • Jail time for at least 120 days. The judge has discretion in ordering up to one year in jail.
  • An alternate sentence may involve converting this time to community service or house arrest.
  • Probation for three to five years.
  • An ignition interlock device for your vehicle to prevent you from DWI again.
  • Mandatory attendance at DWI school.

Jail time and a lengthy license revocation will severely impact,

  • Your freedom,
  • Your ability to keep your job, support yourself and your family, and
  • How you live your life.

DWI convictions will lead to auto insurance premium increases. Your policy may also be canceled or not renewed. If you seek a new job in the future, the application may ask if you’ve been convicted of a crime and if so, to explain the circumstances. What would you write?

If you’re facing a possible third DWI conviction within a ten year time frame, you need the help of one of’s experienced DWI defense lawyers. The legal, financial and personal impacts of a conviction could affect you for the rest of your life. Contact us today.