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Third DUI

When a person is arrested in Florida for driving under the influence (DUI) for the third time, that individual can face very serious criminal charges. The “look back period” for third offenses is longer than it is for second offenses, and even drunk driving-related crimes that were committed in other states can be counted against an alleged offender.

A third DUI arrest may be a misdemeanor or felony offense in Florida. Convictions can result in mandatory terms of imprisonment in addition to many other costly penalties.

Attorney for Third DUI Arrests in Broward County, FL

Were you arrested in Broward County for an alleged third DUI? You will want to make sure that you immediately retain legal counsel. Contact The Hoffman Firm right now.

Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale who represents clients accused of drunk driving offenses in Lauderhill, Hallandale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Margate, Dania Beach, and many surrounding areas of South Florida. Call (954) 524-4474 to have our attorney review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free, confidential consultation.


Overview of Third DUI Offenses in Fort Lauderdale


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Florida Third DUI Charges

Florida Statute § 316.193 establishes that a person commits a DUI offense if he or she is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within Florida and either has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher or is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance, or any controlled substance, and was affected to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired or to the extent that the person is deprived of full possession of normal faculties, to drive or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle.

The look back period for third DUI offenses is 10 years, meaning that all prior drunk driving convictions will be counted against an alleged offender if any of those arrests occurred within the prior 10 years. A prosecutor has 21 days to decide whether to file first-degree misdemeanor or third-degree felony charges for an alleged third DUI offense.


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Third DUI Penalties in Broward County

When an alleged third DUI offense occurs more than 10 years after the date of a prior conviction for a drunk driving arrest, a conviction is typically a first-degree misdemeanor and may be punishable as follows:

  • Fine of up to $5,000;
  • Up to 12 months in jail;
  • DUI School Level II;
  • Installation of ignition interlock device (IID) on all vehicles that are individually or jointly leased or owned and routinely operated by the alleged offender for a minimum of two years; and
  • Driver’s license suspended for 180 days up to one year; and/or
  • Impoundment or immobilization of all vehicles owned by the alleged offender at the time of impoundment or immobilization, for a period of 90 days or for the unexpired term of any lease or rental agreement that expires within 90 days.

If an alleged third DUI offense is within 10 years of the date of a prior conviction for drunk driving, it will may result in third-degree felony charges that are punishable as follows:

  • Fine of up to $5,000;
  • Minimum of 30 days up to five years in prison;
  • DUI School Level II;
  • Installation of ignition interlock device (IID) on all vehicles that are individually or jointly leased or owned and routinely operated by the alleged offender for a minimum of two years; and
  • Driver’s license revoked for 10 years with no restricted license eligibility for first two years; and/or
  • Impoundment or immobilization of all vehicles owned by the alleged offender at the time of impoundment or immobilization, for a period of 90 days or for the unexpired term of any lease or rental agreement that expires within 90 days.

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Florida Resources for Third DUI

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Broward County Intergroup — As this website notes, AA “is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism,” and the “only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.” On this website, you can learn more about AA, view a calendar of upcoming events, and view "Room 502" newsletters. You can also find the times and locations of meetings in Broward County.

Broward County Intergroup
Oakland Commerce Center
3317 NW 10th Terrace, Suite 404
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
(954) 462-0265

Impaired Driving | Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) — Visit this section of the FDOT website to learn more about impaired driving. FDOT grant funds are used for purchasing DUI enforcement activities and equipment, providing awareness and education campaigns, conducting proactive youth-focused DUI education and outreach, and specialized education for law enforcement and prosecution to increase effective DUI adjudication. You can learn more about Florida Impaired Driving Coalition partners and view impaired driving education campaigns.


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The Hoffman Firm | Broward County Third DUI Defense Lawyer

If you were arrested for an alleged drunk driving offense for the third time anywhere in South Florida, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation as soon as possible. The Hoffman Firm aggressively defends individuals all over Broward County, including Deerfield Beach, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Davie, Plantation, and several other nearby communities.

Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman has experience handling these types of cases on both sides of the aisle as a former Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. He can provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 or fill out an online contact form to receive a free initial consultation.


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Evan A. Hoffman

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Mr. Hoffman’s philosophy is "our knowledge and experience is your best defense." He has been a featured author on criminal law issues such as driving under the influence, domestic violence and illegal searches.

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