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Published on Friday, January 31, 2014

DUI bills are again the focus for some legislators this session

Last session, legislators proposed many substantial changes to impaired driving laws. This year the discussion continues on establishing harsher penalties for these offenders. Many legislators have introduced bills addressing impaired driving. Here is a brief summary of some of those proposals:

HB 2506 – Increases the maximum penalty for DUI with four or more priors from five to 10 years in prison. Scheduled for hearing February 4 at 10am in House Public Safety Committee.

HB 2507 – Anyone convicted of vehicular homicide has two years added to the sentence for each prior offense. This bill changes that to ten years per prior offense. Scheduled for hearing February 4 at 10am in House Public Safety Committee

HB 2728 – Clarifies that consent or exigency for breath and blood tests can also apply to misdemeanor cases, not just felony cases. Makes other changes pursuant to the 24/7 monitoring program passed in 2013. Scheduled for hearing February 4 at 10am in the House Public Safety Committee.

HB 2701/SB 6085 – Extends the timeline for when a court can consider a previous offense of impaired driving from 10 to 15 years. For the purposes of sentencing upon conviction, a prior conviction would count toward the total for those within 15 years instead of seven years. SB 6085 is awaiting action in Ways & Means.

SB 6090 – Reduces what constitutes a felony DUI from four priors to three priors.

SB 6413 – Expands the definition of prior offenses to include any conviction of driving with alcohol or THC in the system whether it’s a car, boat, aircraft, ATV or snowmobile. Scheduled for hearing February 5 at 1:30pm in Senate Law &Justice.

SB 6415 – Currently a person could serve multiple DUI offenses concurrently, which means at the same time. This would change it so anyone convicted of felony DUI would have to serve those sentences back-to-back. Scheduled for hearing February 5 at 1:30pm in Senate Law &Justice.

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