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 DWI.co.com’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.