A common question that people who have recently been arrested for a DUI ask is what happens after a third DUI? Many DUI cases end with a DUI conviction, and some do not. Sometimes people think that if they have been arrested for a DUI then their record is permanently tainted and they will never be able to get a DUI or be able to live in any community again. In reality, this stigma only affects a small percentage of DUI cases. The majority of people who have been arrested for a DUI are completely innocent of any wrongdoing, and most of them receive a second chance after their third DUI arrest.
The problem that you run into after a DUI conviction is that your driving privileges are automatically suspended for 3 years. This suspension will be applied to every car you currently own as well as any vehicle you may get a vehicle loan on. The only way to avoid a suspended license is to prove in court that you are not guilty of driving while intoxicated. Most DUI attorneys will inform their clients that fighting a DUI charge is a very difficult situation, and most times it is best to just accept the punishment and be ready to face the court system.
If you are facing a drunk driving charge then the penalties and consequences do not stop once you have been found guilty. You are still required to take a drug test, undergo an alcohol training course, pay fines, and must complete driver safety programs. There are a few different levels of penalties, you could be faced with depending upon the circumstances surrounding your arrest. If you have multiple prior DUI convictions then your chances of receiving more severe punishments increase dramatically. If you are facing a drunk driving charge then your first option should always be to get an attorney and hire that attorney to represent you in court so you do not lose any rights and lose your ability to drive.
The penalties for a drunk driving offender receives depend upon several different factors, such as the severity of the crime he or she was caught violating, the age of the offender, his or her previous offenses, and where he or she lives. The type of crimes a person can receive tickets for depend on what state he or she lives in. For example, in some states a DUI offender is required to serve jail time, be put on probation, perform community service, or pay a fine. In other states, the penalties for first and subsequent offenses are often less severe.
Another aspect that is something to consider is the effect on a dui offender’s status as a registered Virginia resident. If a DUI conviction has occurred in another state then a Virginia resident automatically becomes a convicted habitual offender in Virginia. While this does not give the Virginian authorities much leeway in how they treat a habitual offender, at least for the most part they have more latitude when it comes to dealing with a DUI offender who has been to jail multiple times and received several other violations during his or her lifetime.
Many times after a DUI conviction the individual will be required to receive limited driving privileges until the completion of their jail term. This can make the road to re-licensed life in a lot of ways. People who are concerned about losing their driver’s license in Virginia should take a look at Virginia’s suspended operation license (SOS). A suspended license is a permanent loss of driver’s license in Virginia unless the individual can prove that the suspension was improper or was caused by some sort of accident. Those who receive a restricted license after a DUI conviction may also be required to put forth additional effort to learn new driving techniques as well as take any required defensive driving courses.