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I Am Facing My Third DUI in Florida – Will I Lose My License Permanently?

A third offense DUI (driving under the influence) charge in Florida carries with it steep punishments. This could include the loss of your driver’s license for many years. The length of time in which you lose your license will vary depending on how close together the driving offenses occurred. Fortunately, acting responsibly during the period in which you lose your license could allow you to get your license back eventually. The rules are as follows:

  • If your third offense was more than ten years after your second conviction, you will lose your license for anywhere from 180 days to one year.
  • If the first and second convictions were within five years of each other, you will lose your license for five years.
  • If your third offense was less than ten years after your second conviction, you will lose your license for ten years.
  • For third offenses less than ten years after a second conviction, you can apply for a hardship license after two years without your license.

Understanding the rules and guidelines surrounding a DUI charge and loss of license in Florida can be difficult. Fortunately, an experienced Alachua County DUI attorney can assist you in understanding your legal rights and defending against a charge. Our free guide, Ways to Possibly Avoid a DUI Charge or Conviction, offers additional guidance about understanding DUI charges and convictions in Florida. For more information about getting your license back following a DUI, contact an experienced Gainesville DUI attorney today. Call the Jeffrey Meldon & Associates at their toll free number, 800-373-8000.

Remember, the only sure way of avoiding the lifelong consequences of a DUI conviction is to not drink and drive!

However, if it is too late, do not make another mistake – hire an experienced DUI/DWI attorney to represent you and do it ASAP, don’t wait! You can contact us today at 800-373-8000.

The experienced Trial Attorneys at Meldon Law are dedicated to preserving the rights of the accused.


Pictured above – Dan Weisman, Jeffrey Meldon, and Carey Meldon have a combined 60 years of legal experience representing people in Gainesville, Florida and Alachua County, Florida accused of DUI/DWI and other criminal charges. They wrote the DUI Guide for Alachua County – Ways to Possibly Avoid a DUI Charge or Conviction. Request your free copy today.


This free no obligation book, written by a team of experienced DUI defense criminal trial attorneys, gives insight into what a DUI charge is, ways the State can prove the charge, and possible legal defenses.

Being charged and convicted of DUI is best avoided by not drinking and driving! This book also gives information on what it takes to be over the legal limit, how alcohol affects the body, plus much, much more!

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