Third Offense DUI in Rhode Island

Upon being charged with a third DUI in Rhode Island, the most important thing you must know is the punishment you are liable to face.

A Rhode Island driver charged with a third DUI within five years (the "lookback" period) faces severe administrative and felony criminal penalties.

Administrative Penalties

In Rhode Island, if you are found guilty of a third DUI offense within five years, your license shall be suspended for two to three years. After the sentence--when you’ll want your license reinstated--you'll need to submit a Rhode Island SR22 insurance policy apart from a license reinstatement charge. After this, you will be allowed to drive with an ignition interlock device for two years.

Criminal Penalties

Criminal penalties are those parts of your sentence which require you to pay financial fines or serve jail terms. For a third offense DUI in Rhode Island, the penalties are as follows:

  • A fine of $1000 to $5000 at the maximum.
  • A prison sentence that can range anywhere between one to three years.
  • The judge may decide for the defendant to forfeit his vehicle, or it could be seized and sold off by the state.

Rhode Island classifies a third DUI offense as a felony.

Legal Help

Considering the seriousness of the penalties, a person charged with a third DUI offense should consult with an experienced DUI attorney. 

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