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New DUI Law Cracks Down on Repeat Offenders in Dothan

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.