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What Will Happen To Me If I Am Convicted Of A DUI For The Third Time?

PENALTIES IF YOUR THIRD DUI IS A MISDEMEANOR

If your third DUI is considered a misdemeanor, and it is your first DUI outside the 84-month (seven year) period, then you will be treated as a first-time misdemeanor DUI offender. However, please note that although the State cannot use your prior convictions to impose increased punishment (this is called “alleging the prior conviction”), they can bring it to the attention of the court and ask the court to enhance your penalty because you have not “learned your lesson.” For penalties, please refer to our book, DUI: The Next Day, which outlines the consequences for a first-time misdemeanor DUI. Note that the penalties increase as your blood alcohol level increases.

If your third DUI is your second DUI within the 84-month (seven year) period, then you will be treated as a second-time misdemeanor DUI offender. However, please note that although the State cannot use your prior convictions to bump you into the higher sentencing guideline, they can bring it to the attention of the court and ask the court to enhance your penalty because you have not “learned your lesson.” Please refer to our penalties chart which can be found in our book, DUI: The Next Day, which outlines the consequences for a second misdemeanor DUI. Note that the penalties increase as your blood alcohol level increases.

If you have been charged with a DUI or Drug related DUI, contact the Arizona criminal defense lawyers at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your criminal case.