I’ve Been Charged with a Third DWI. What Happens Now?

While the maximum criminal penalties for a third DWI are no different than those for a second DWI, the administrative sanctions are much more severe for a third DWI.

Administrative Sanctions

In addition to criminal penalties, DWI carries administrative (or civil) penalties. Because of the implied consent laws, a driver may be subject to these penalties EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT CONVICTED of a crime unless they TAKE PROMPT ACTION to prevent license revocation, and in the case of a third DWI and some first or second DWIs, vehicle forfeiture.