Third Offense DUI in Iowa

A third DUI in Iowa within 12 years is a Class D felony and penalties include mandatory jail time (30 days minimum) and revocation of driving privileges as well as payment of more than $3,000 in fines.

Administrative Penalties

You will be required to complete an alcohol treatment course as well as a substance abuse evaluation. Your vehicle may also be impounded. You can expect your license to be suspended for 6 years following a third DUI in Iowa. You can apply for a restricted license after 1 year of suspension, but you will have to first show proof of an SR22 insurance policy, which is more expensive than most types of coverage. You will also have to get an ignition interlock device put in your car, which costs money.  

If you refuse to undergo these steps to get your license reinstated and instead choose to drive with a suspended license, you will be charged with a misdemeanor and a minimum $1,000 fine.

Criminal Penalties

A 30-day prison sentence is required after a third DUI in Iowa, though you could receive a sentence of up to 5 years in prison. The minimum fine you can expect to pay after your third DUI in this state is $3,125. The maximum amount is $9,375.

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