If you are facing a third DUI or DWI conviction in Virginia within five years, the stakes are noticeably higher. Not only will you face a fine from $1000 to $2500, you will face a Class 6 felony, which will stay on your record. You may receive a sentence of up to 12 months in jail or one to five years in prison. Regardless, you will have a mandatory minimum sentence of six months and receive an indefinite license suspension. You will not be allowed to petition for a restricted license for at least three years and you will not get a full license back unless you get an ignition interlock system installed in your vehicle.
The main difference, if you commit a third offense in 10 years versus five years, is that the mandatory minimum time in jail or prison is 90 days versus six months. Regardless, if you are facing charges on a third or subsequent DUI or DWI, you must take them seriously. They can cause irreversible damage in your life, your career and your future. You need an experienced, aggressive Virginia DUI defense attorney who is fighting on your behalf to protect your rights. Contact our offices today for your free, initial consultation.