Third Offense DUI in Connecticut
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A third DUI (or OUI as it referred to in Connecticut) conviction will result in serious administrative and criminal penalties.
In Connecticut, a third DUI conviction will result in a permanent loss of your driver's license.
A third DUI conviction in Connecticut calls for a prison sentence of up to 3 years. However, the minimum punishment is 1 year in prison. The offender may also get 100 hours of community service.
You will also have to pay a fine ranging from $2,000 to $8,000, depending on factors like the amount of alcohol in your system at the time of arrest, your driving history, etc. You may also have to go to a treatment program.
The Lookback Period
The look-back period in Connecticut is 10 years.
Felony vs. Misdemeanor in Connecticut
A third DUI chargie is a Class C misdemeanor, but if you are convicted of 2nd degree manslaughter or assault with a motor vehicle, either of the preceding charges along with a DUI/OUI, or of substantially similar offenses in other states in the past 10 years, then you will be considered a “persistent operating under the influence felony offender” in Connecticut.
Getting Legal Help
It is advisable to retain an experienced Connecticut DUI attorney if charged with a third DUI/OUI.