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New Jersey Third Offense DWI Attorney

Third Offense DUI Lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ Represents Clients Charged with Multiple DWIs in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout NJ

Penalties for a third offense DUI/DWI are significantly harsher than first and second offenses. If convicted on third-time DUI/DWI charges, the law considers you to be a habitual offender. The judge has significantly less discretion to reduce the penalties you will face—and every third offense DUI/DWI conviction carries a mandatory six-month jail sentence. New Jersey third offense DWI attorney Michele Finizio has over two decades’ experience fighting to help clients beat repeat DUI/DWI charges in New Jersey. You can trust that we have the experience, financial resources and dedication needed to build a strong, strategic defense to your charges.

If you are facing third-time DUI/DWI charges, it is understandable that you may be feeling overwhelmed and scared. After all, your physical freedom is on the line. To get the best results, you need the best possible third offense DUI lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ by your side. The New Jersey third offense DWI attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio takes your case seriously. We go to work immediately and put the full weight of our substantial experience and legal knowledge to work for you.

To learn more about how the New Jersey third offense DWI attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio can build the strongest possible defense in your case, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation today.

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Severe Penalties for Third Offense DUI/DWI Conviction in New Jersey

New Jersey Third Offense DWI Attorney

When you’re facing third-time DUI/DWI charges, you are also facing the possibility that you might lose your job because you will have to serve 180 days in jail. These penalties are harsh for a reason: New Jersey courts take drunk driving very seriously. If you are convicted of a third DUI/DWI in New Jersey, the penalties can include:

  • An eight-year driver’s license suspension
  • Financial penalties of at least $1,000
  • 90 days of community service
  • 180 days in jail, which can be reduced to 90 days if you agree to serve 90 days in an inpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation program
  • Mandatory participation for between 24 and 48 hours at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC)
  • A $4,500 auto insurance surcharge over three years
  • The installation of an ignition interlock system at your own expense for between two and four years after your license is restored
  • Additional fines and penalties, including contributions to the Safe Neighborhood Fund ($200), court costs, IDRC costs and more
  • The cost of installing the ignition interlock system in your vehicle, which can amount to nearly $10,000 over the term of your suspension and the period that follows restoration of your license

Although the laws governing DUI/DWI penalties involving your driver’s license suspension have been slightly relaxed in recent years (the mandatory minimum license suspension period was 10 years under prior law), these penalties remain severe. Many people rely upon their own private transportation to get to and from work—meaning that you will have to find alternative transportation while your license is suspended.

The skilled New Jersey third offense DWI attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio understand what you’re up against when faced with repeat offense DUI/DWI charges. The firm takes our clients’ cases seriously, putting the full weight of our substantial experience and skill into accomplishing our primary goal: getting your charges dismissed. If that is not possible, an experienced New Jersey third offense DWI attorney will do everything possible to fight to minimize the penalties you could face.


I can honestly say that I am 100% satisfied with the outcome of my case. Michael handled my case very well. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs help with any court issues.

Lelany J.


Very realistic and professional. Great with communication and prompt with follow ups. Flexible with availability, responds to both texts and phone calls. I was very happy with the service I received.

Jerilyn N.


Michele is an amazing attorney. She goes above and beyond to help. She answers her phone at all times of the day and is eager to get you the answers and give you the advice and representation you need. Don’t hesitate to use her services!!!!

J. L.

Top-Rated Third Offense DWI Attorney Committed to Strong, Smart Defense

The experienced New Jersey third offense DWI attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio will build a strong defense strategy that accounts for the unique facts of your case. While our primary goal is to have the charges dropped, we may also be able to argue that you should not be punished as a third-time offender. This can help you avoid the mandatory six-month jail sentence that a third DUI/DWI conviction carries.

Most clients don’t realize that their prior convictions are not necessarily set in stone when it comes to repeat DUI/DWI charges. A skilled New Jersey third offense DWI attorney can reexamine the facts of your previous charges and fight to obtain post-conviction relief. You can only be charged with a third offense DUI/DWI if you have two prior DUI/DWI convictions within the past ten years.

To obtain post-conviction relief, your lawyer can work to demonstrate that there was some problem with a prior conviction. Maybe your lawyer overlooked a viable defense or provided a defense that was generally inadequate. Post-conviction relief is an order from a judge stating that your prior DUI/DWI convictions cannot be used to impose jail time in the current case.

Examples of additional elements that may contribute to your defense strategy, whether with respect to the current charges or prior DUI/DWI conviction, include:

  • Lack of probable cause for the initial traffic stop
  • Problems with the Alcotest machine
  • Miranda violations
  • No reasonable suspicion to support administration of sobriety testing
  • Police evidence violations
  • Using an inaccurate method to take your BAC reading (for example, using the wrong type of machine)

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with a Reputable New Jersey Third Offense DWI Attorney

A strong and valid defense is the only way to avoid mandatory minimum incarceration for a third-offense DUI/DWI conviction. The skilled New Jersey third offense DWI attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio know what it takes to develop the strongest possible defense in your case. The firm has a proven track record of successfully helping clients beat third-time DUI/DWI charges. 

Call or use the online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced, trusted third offense DUI lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ today.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Third Offense DUI/DWI Charges in New Jersey

Is it possible to serve the 180 days in jail on an intermittent basis so that I can keep my job and only serve on the weekends? 

No. Some confusion existed in the past over the availability of intermittent jail time for repeat DUI/DWI offenders. New Jersey courts have recently clarified that the 180 days imposed under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 must be served consecutively. “Weekend jail” or periodic sentences are no longer an option.

Are the penalties more severe if I get a DUI/DWI after conviction for a third DUI/DWI? 

No. The third offense DUI/DWI penalties discussed above are the maximum penalties that can be imposed for DUI/DWI charges, even if you get a fourth or fifth DUI/DWI.

While my driver’s license is suspended, can I still drive to and from work if I’m convicted? 

No. There is no exception under New Jersey law that would allow you to drive to and from work if convicted on third-time DUI/DWI charges.

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"I am extremely grateful for the exceptional legal services provided by my lawyer (Michele Finizio) in handling my charges. Their expertise and dedication played a pivotal role in achieving positive outcomes for my case. Very Grateful.”
- Enrique R.

“Had a case and hired the team. Recieved a better outcome than anticipated. The process was smooth and relaxed. Definitely recommend! Thank you everyone!”
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"I was facing some serious charges and Michele and Kevin made me feel comfortable and at ease throughout the whole process. Very professional, understanding, courteous, and diligent. Michele’s firm was highly recommended to me by a friend who has used her a few times. 10/10 highly recommend. Thank you so much Michele and Kevin!!!!"
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