Clearwater classifies a third DUI received within 10 years of your last DUI conviction or a fourth or subsequent DUI as a third degree felony. This classification carries strict and critical penalties that will dramatically impact your life. You will be required to serve 30 days in Pinellas County jail; possibly facing up to 5 years in state prison. If this is your third DUI, your driver's license will be revoked for no less than 10 years following your incarceration and any vehicle that you own or lease will be impounded and immobilized for 90 days. You will have to wait at least 2 years before you can apply for a hardship license. If you qualify for a hardship license, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you own or lease for at least 2 years, 5 years if this is your fourth DUI. If this is your fourth or subsequent DUI, your license will be permanently revoked, requiring you to wait at least 10 years before you are eligible to qualify for a hardship license. For any third or subsequent DUI conviction in Clearwater, you will pay a fine of up to $5,000.00 and will be placed on probation through the Salvation Army Correctional Services. You may have to complete DUI School through Suncoast Safety Services and attend a Victim Impact Panel sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The effect of having a felony on your permanent record is life-altering. Call us immediately at 727-324-4105 to discuss your options. We want to help.