Alabama DUI offenders are set to face tougher penalties beginning this later this year. Prior to this legislative session a court could only consider a defendant’s DUI convictions in a five year “look back” period of sentences. Now, according to Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, that window has been pushed back to 10 years.
As part of SB 90, Rep. Jones and Sen. Jimmy Holley, R-Elba, have ensured that repeat offenders are held accountable for their past crimes, even those that transpired 10 years ago. Rep. Jones, a previous municipal judge in Andalusia, touched on the new law stating “it’s a scary thing. You will still have those charged with DUI who have just made a stupid decision. But they still have to be responsible and thats the bulk of what we see.”
As part of a statewide crack down on DUI deaths, the new rules will give judges more leverage when sentencing habitual offenders.