Third Offense DUI in Washington D.C.

In the District of Columbia, a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher qualifies you for a DWI conviction (an arrest for a BAC below .08 may qualify the driver for a DUI). A third DWI within 15 years will result in penalties that vary depending on the driver's BAC reading (as explained below).

Administrative Penalties

A third DUI/DWI conviction will lead to the suspension of your driver's license for up to two years and payment of a license reinstatement fee. You will also have to file a form declaring proof of financial responsibility.

Criminal Penalties

Criminal penalties refer to a court ordered punishment that will appear on your record such as fines, jail time, community service, etc. The punishment for a third DUI/DWI in D.C. includes:

  • A fine ranging from $2,500 to $10,000
  • Up to one year in jail with minimum jail sentences as follows: 12 days for a BAC below .20; 35 days for a BAC above .20; 40 days for a BAC above .25; and 45 days for a BAC above .30.

However, the court may institute other requirements depending on your personal situation and circumstances such as:

  • Community service
  • Probation for some of the jail term
  • Completing an alcohol education program

The Lookback Period

The lookback period in D.C. for DUI/DWI offenses is 15 years.

Felony vs. Misdemeanor in Washington D.C.

DUI/DWI offenses are classified as a misdemeanor in D.C.  However, if the situation that led to the DUI conviction resulted in the death or injury of others, there could be other criminal charges that may qualify as felony offenses.

Getting Legal Help

Because of the seriousness of the penalties (and mandatory jail time), you may benefir from consulting with an attorney expereince in D.C. DWIs.

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