A Delaware man has accrued five DUI convictions since 2007. The more DUI
convictions a person has, the larger the penalties are. Many states have
a lookback period, which is a set number of years a court can look back
at previous convictions to determine DUI sentencing. Delaware has a lifetime
lookback period, meaning that a court can look at all prior DUI arrests.
Man Protests His Arrest, Gets Stunned
The Delaware man was stopped for a traffic violation when officers noticed
that his eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of alcohol. The officers asked
the man to perform a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was then
brought into custody for a blood test.
When at the jail, the man began to yell and curse at the arresting officers
and damaged the equipment used to examine blood alcohol levels. The officers
were forced to us stun guns to subdue the man.
Multiple DUI Convictions Carry Heavy Consequences
When a person obtains multiple DUI convictions, the penalties increase
in severity. For a fifth DUI conviction, the Delaware man faces a class
E felony which carries a minimum fine of $3,500 and minimum of 3 years
in jail. He may also have an ignition interlock device installed on his
car to prevent future incidents. Since Delaware has a lifetime DUI lookback
period, any further DUI arrests for the man can result in over $10,000
and up to 15 years of jail time.
Multiple DUI convictions can carry serious consequences. Hiring an experienced
DUI defense attorney can help ensure that a person's mistake does
not affect them for the rest of their lives.