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Will I Go to Jail for a Third DUI in California?

There are few things worse than being charged with any sort of crime, including a DUI. That being said, though one DUI can be devastating, a conviction for a third DUI can ruin a person’s reputation and life. Please continue reading and reach out to an experienced Tehama County repeat offender DUI lawyer from Cohen Criminal Law to learn more about third DUI charges and how we can help you combat them, every step of the way.

Will I have to go to jail if I am convicted of a third DUI in the state of California?

Unfortunately, simply put, the answer to this question is yes, you may have to go to jail. In fact, a third DUI in California can warrant anywhere between 120 days and one year in county jail. You will also face a wide array of additional penalties, which is why you can’t proceed without an experienced Red Bluff criminal lawyer on your side. Some of the additional penalties you’ll face are as follows:

  • A maximum $1,800 fine
  • The suspension of your driver’s license for up to three years
  • A potential probationary period
  • Mandatory completion of a court-approved DUI program for at least 30 months

Aside from jail time, a third DUI conviction can impact various other facets of your life. Losing your driver’s license can prevent you from keeping your job, attending critical appointments, and even just socializing with friends, something everyone needs to do from time to time. Additionally, anyone convicted of a crime will develop a criminal record, which can haunt a person for years down the road. With so much on the line, it is critical that you hire competent legal assistance who can fight for your right to live jail-free. Give Cohen Criminal Law a call today to learn more about how we can help you fight your charges. We are on your side, and we will be through each phase of the legal process going forward.


Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our mission is to defend your rights, and we are committed to that mission. We will be your number one advocate through every step of the process. Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.