The first thing to know about a 3rd DUI offense is that if convicted you face a minimum of 120 days custody and up to one year in jail. Once someone has gotten to a 3rd DUI offense, the prosecutors and the judges assume they are drinking and driving all the time and have not learned their lesson or are incapable of stopping themselves. A long time in jail and other tough punishments are seen as the solution.
A good DUI lawyer will know how to best present your situation to the prosecutors and the judges. Custody does not have to mean time in an actual jail. There are alternatives to jail, such as work furlough and home confinement. Also, an experienced DUI lawyer will be able to guide you as to what actions you can take to help convince the prosecutors and the judges to give you as light a sentence as possible.
An experienced DUI lawyer will also best be able to advise you on whether or not to go to trial. With a 3rd DUI offense, the stakes are very high and you could end up being sent to jail for a year. It is very important to have a DUI lawyer who has the best chance of winning your case, but also has the experience to be able to give you an idea of the chance of success and the possible downside if you lose
If you or a loved one has been charged with a 3rd time DUI, please contact our office at (619)258-8888 to speak with an experienced attorney.