If you've been arrested for a third DUI, then you are looking at felony penalties for your offense:
DUI Felony Conviction: (Repeat Offenders or Accidents Involving Serious Bodily Injury)-s. 316.193 (2),(3) F.S.
This can be any person convicted of a third DUI within 10 years or a fourth or subsequent DUI commits a Third Degree Felony (not more than $5,000 fine and/or 5 years imprisonment).
A third DUI conviction in more than 10 years will result in a 180-day to 1-year revocation, unless the last 2 of the convictions fall within 5 years in which case a 5-year revocation will apply. You are not eligible for a hardship license, but must wait out the revocation period. A third DUI within a 10-year period will result in a 10-year revocation.
While it may seem like a third DUI will strip you of all driving privileges, this is not so. You can eventually get your license reinstated after a certain time period. The FHSMV will require you to serve at least two years of your license revocation before you can file for a hardship license with the Administrative Reviews Office. A hardship license is often given only for work or school purposes and provides limited driving privileges.
In order to obtain a hardship, you will need to complete DUI School and a treatment program if required. You will also need to present a positive recommendation from the Special Supervision Services Program. If you receive approval to get an early reinstatement, you will need to show this to the driver license office in your area. You will have to remain in the Special Supervision Services Program for the rest of your revocation period in order to maintain your hardship license.
You can also seek to have your license reinstated after the revocation period has passed. In order to get it reinstated, you must complete the previously required actions for a hardship license, such as DUI School and a treatment program. If you do not get the program completed, you may have your license cancelled. You will be required to take an exam for either your full license or hardship license and must pay a $115 administrative fee and a $60 reinstatement fee. There may be other fees involved as well.
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