If you have been convicted of a third offense DWI within 5 to 10 years of receiving your first and second offense DWI’s, you will be considered a habitual offender. The penalties that you will have to face will increase dramatically.
When you are convicted of your third offense DWI you will lose your license for up to 3 years. You may be able to receive a restricted license which will help you get to work or school and back home again. You will be monitored closely when you drive on a restricted license.
The penalties for a third offense DWI will include increased fines. These fines can run from $300 to over $1000. You will face jail time of at least 120 days. Most judges do have the power to sentence offenders to one year in jail. You will possibly have to do community service, or you may be allowed to participate in inmate work programs. In some states you may be released to go to work from jail and returned after work, or you will participate in a community work detail. You could also be placed on house arrest.
Probation is an option and can involve supervision from 3 to 5 years. You may be placed on a probationary period after your incarceration ends. You will have to attend mandatory DWI school and mandatory drug and/or alcohol counseling programs. Also, an ignition lock may be placed on your vehicle. Some of these penalties come with additional fees that have to be paid to your probation officer.
When your license is revoked and you are incarcerated your future and your families future will be impacted greatly. You will lose your freedom, and possibly your ability to provide for yourself and your family.
Even though you have been convicted and been through the legal system before you still have rights. Get in touch with a local DWI attorney. You can ask for a free consultation and will be contacted by a DWI attorney right away.