A third offense DUI (also referred to as a DWI) is measured by an important time period – ten years -- known (known as the look back or wash out period) -- that is, if this is your third DUI within ten years, you will be subject to certain criminal penalties, as explained below
Below are the penalties for adult first offenders with a valid, private driver’s license. Louisiana DWI penalties range in severity based on a number of factors as explained below. In Louisiana, a third offense DUI within ten years is classified as a felony.
Administrative penalties for third offense DUI in Louisiana include the suspension of a driver’s license for 2 years. The state may also seize and sell your vehicle. Judicial penalties consist of:
The base sentence may increase substantially for the offender under certain circumstances. These are called aggravating factors. In Louisiana these include:
In Louisiana, you can plead guilty or not guilty, or try to make a plea bargain (plea bargaining is permitted in Louisiana.
Before you decide upon the best plea options, consult a qualified Louisiana attorney. A skilled lawyer knows the laws of his or her state. He or she will help you prepare an effective defense against the third offense DUI charges.