Third Offense DUI in Vermont
Vermont classifies a third DUI (or DWI, as it is sometimes known in Vermont) offense as a felony irrespective of other charges involved. In addition, keep in mind that Vermont has a lifetime lookback period. That means that it does not matter when the previous two DUI convictions occured when calculating what is your third DUI/DWI. An attorney can provide legal advice that may assist you in lowering the penalties and preparing you for hearings.
A third DUI/DWI offense in Vermot results in the suspension of the charged individual’s driver’s license for a minimum of three years to a lifetime.
Criminal penalties include fines and/or jail time allotted to a convicted individual. Penalties may also include additional punishment like community services. A third offense DUI in Vermont can be in the form of:
- A jail sentence of up to five years. The court will decide the length of the sentence depending on the severity of the offense.
- A fine of up to $5000 apart from the court and attorney fees.
- Attendance at an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program approved by the state. The program will cost you an additional $300.
- Community service for 400 hours. This is an additional punishment apart from the sentence and in some cases, can also substitute a part of the jail term.
The Lookback period
If you are found guilty of a DUI/DWI offense once, it stays on your record for a lifetime and is taken into account every time you are charged in such a case.