Third DUI Offense Charges in California

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If you are arrested and charged with a third time DUI in California, you may be wondering how the penalties are allocated by the court and DMV different from those after a first or second time DUI conviction. It’s imperative to understand that the answer depends on the specific circumstances of your case. However, it is possible to have a third time DUI conviction expunged from your permanent criminal record with the legal assistance of a qualified criminal defense attorney.

At Appel & Morse, we understand what it takes to get your charges reduced, your case entirely dismissed, and your expungement if you are convicted. With over 40 years of combined experience, our Santa Barbara DUI lawyers possess the comprehensive understanding of California driving laws and court processes.

Third DUI Penalties

Upon a third DUI conviction, the DMV will suspend the offender’s driver’s license for up to three years. All DUIs in California are misdemeanors unless an individual other than the defendant suffers a bodily injury upon the DUI arrest, there is a fourth DUI within the lookback period of 10 years, or the defendant has at least one previous felony DUI conviction on their record.

Criminal penalties for a third DUI include the following:

  • Jail sentence between 120 days and one year
  • Over $3000 in fines and court fees
  • 18-month alcohol program
  • Ignition Interlock Device (IID) required, if given a restricted license
  • Probation between three and five years

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