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Third DUI

A driving under the influence (DUI) charge is serious under any circumstance. However, it becomes even more serious when you have already been convicted of DUI multiple times. The penalties associated with DUI continue to increase with each new conviction, and these penalties can drastically affect an individual’s life, even long after a sentence has been fulfilled

When confronted with the potential of thousands of dollars in fines and multiple years in prison, many people become overwhelmed with a feeling of concern. Consulting with a highly experienced DUI attorney could help ease those concerns and combat the prosecution's case.

South Walton Third DUI Attorney

If you have been charged with a third DUI in Crestview, South Walton, Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Navarre, DeFuniak Springs, Pensacola and the surrounding areas, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC to discuss your alleged offense. The attorneys of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you avoid the penalties associated with DUI.

Call Clay Adkinson for a free consultation today at if you have been charged with a third DUI in Destin, South Walton or the surrounding areas. The aggressive attorneys at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are willing to fight for you and your freedom.  


Definition of a Third DUI Offense in Florida

According to Fla. Stat. § 316.193(2)(b), anyone who is convicted of a third DUI that occurs within 10 years of a previous DUI conviction, is guilty of a felony of the third degree. An individual can be charged with DUI if he or she is deemed to have been in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or certain chemical substances, and is impaired with a blood or breath alcohol level of 0.08 or greater.

An offender can be subjected to harsher penalties if he or she has been convicted of multiple DUI offenses.


Penalties for a Third DUI in Florida

If convicted of a third DUI, the individual may face up to five years in prison, up to $5,000 in fines, and the placement of an ignition interlock device on all vehicles that are regularly operated by the offender, for at least two years.

Individuals convicted of a third DUI that occurs more than 10 years after the date of a previous DUI conviction will be ordered to pay a fine in between $2,000 and $5,000 and can be sentenced to up to a year in prison. These individuals will also be subjected to the mandatory placement on ignition interlock device on vehicles they regularly use, for a minimum of two years.


License Suspension for Third DUI

According to Fla. Stat. § 322.271 and 322.28, individuals convicted of a third DUI within 10 years of their last DUI conviction, will have their license revoked for a minimum of 10 years. After two years, they are eligible to apply for a hardship license, which will allow the individual to drive to school, work, pick up children, or perform any other essential tasks that require transportation.

Even if approved for a hardship license, the individual will remain in a DUI supervision program for the duration of the suspension.


Ignition Interlock Device in Florida

The ignition interlock device is an in-car breath screening system that requires the driver to pass a breath-alcohol test before his or vehicle will start. It is usually located inside the passenger compartment, near the driver’s seat, and is wired to the engine’s ignition system. Most devices have a pre-set limit of 0.05.

If the driver blows into the device and has a breath alcohol content that meets or exceeds the pre-set limit, the vehicle will not start. For third DUI convictions, an interlock system will be placed on a vehicle for no less than two years.


Adkinson Law Firm, LLC | South Walton Third DUI Attorney

If you have been charged with a third DUI in the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Cinco Bayou, Destin, Paxton, Wausau, Gulf Breeze, and Century, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today. Clay Adkinson of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC is an experienced DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorney who will use his persistence and experience to defend you against these criminal charges.

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