In North Dakota, a third DUI (driving under the influence) conviction is generally a misdemeanor. A DUI is considered a third offense if the driver has two prior DUI convictions within the past seven years. Here are some of the more common consequences and penalties of a third DUI conviction in North Dakota.
North Dakota law sets the minimum and maximum penalties for a third DUI. Generally, the judge determines the specific penalties within the allowable ranges.
A third DUI conviction is a class A misdemeanor and carries 120 to 360 days in jail, $2,000 to $3,000 in fines, and 360 days on probation. The driver must also complete 360 days in the 24/7 program.
All DUI offenders must complete a substance abuse evaluation and follow the recommended treatment.
The court reports all DUI convictions to the Department of Transportation. For most third-offense DUIs, the state will revoke the driver's license for two years. However, for drivers who had a blood alcohol concentration of .18% or more or refused alcohol testing in violation of the implied consent law, the suspension will be three years.
If you've been arrested for driving under the influence in North Dakota, talk to a DUI lawyer as soon as possible. The consequences of a DUI are serious, especially if you have prior convictions. A qualified DUI attorney can tell you how the law applies to your case and help you decide on how best to handle your situation.