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You know you're in for some increased penalties based on your prior DUI history, but could that include some serious jail time? Here's a look.
State DUI laws can vary considerably, and any DUI punishment will depend on the circumstances of your case. That said, you can look at some state statutes as an indicator for how your third DUI case might go.
For instance, New York treats a third DUI as a felony offense, with a maximum prison sentence of seven years. Meanwhile, a third DUI in Minnesota is still treated as a misdemeanor, with a maximum sentence of a year in jail. And California imposes a minimum of 120 days in jail following a third DUI, with some counties going even higher.
Generally speaking, if you're looking at a third DUI conviction, it's not so much whether you'll be serving jail time, but how much jail time you'll be serving.
While jail time is pretty bad, it's only one of many possible penalties you could be facing with a third-time DUI. You could also be looking at:
With your freedom at stake, you shouldn't try to handle a third DUI by yourself. An experienced DUI attorney can help and may even be able to minimize your risk of seeing jail time.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.