How much impact will 2 previous DUI’s have on a current DUI charge?

They were incurred over 24 years ago.

Asked on January 11, 2013 under Criminal Law, South Carolina


Robert Johnston / Law Office of Robert J. Johnston Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Its possible that the prior convictions will not show. Some that old do not. But you still need to be careful. Only convictions within 10 years apply as far as Second Offense, Third Offence, and so forth. But the judge or prosecutor can still look at them and hold them against you as far as how they think about you and your case. The other attorney was right about needing an attorney. That does make a big difference. If your case is in South Carolina, you can call if you need to talk to a lawyer. Since I have ongoing cases in most of the courts I don't charge nearly as much as other attorneys. 843-946-0099. Robert Johnston

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The fact that your last conviction over 24 years ago will be critical as far as sentencing is concerned. While these 2 prior convictions will remain on your record, this latest offense will be considered to be your first for sentencing purposes. This is vecause of something known as the "look back period", which is the period of time in which a court is permitted to look back into a person's driving record (in no state is it more than 10 years0. Therefore, the penalty imposed on you will be as though this was your first DUI.

At this point, you should consult directly with a DUI attorney in your area.

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