A new bill sponsored by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) will increase the penalties for many DUI offenders if passed into law. The state senate has passed this legislation by a margin of (47-4).
Summary of the Proposed Bill
The bill proposes a number of changes, including:
- Creating a felony grading for people convicted of a third DUI at the highest tier (BAC over 0.16%, and controlled substances) as well as for those convicted of their fourth DUI, regardless of the tier.
- Increasing the mandatory minimum prison sentence for someone who causes a death as a result of a DUI. The bill increases imprisonment to five years if the person has one prior offense and seven years if the offender has two or more prior DUIs.
- Increasing penalties for repeat offenders who are not properly licensed or under suspension. The current penalty is a fine of $500 and imprisonment of 60 to 90 days. The legislation would increase this penalty on a second offense to a fine of $1,000 and imprisonment of at least 90 days. A third or subsequent offense would result in a fine of $2,500 and at least six months in jail.
- Prohibiting the adult driver required to accompany a person driving on a learners permit from being impaired.
If you are a repeat DUI offender, you should immediately call a qualified DUI attorney to discuss your options at 1-866-MCSHANE.