Nebraska officials don’t feel as though the current sets of penalties for DUI are acting as enough of a deterrent to stop DUI drivers and a new set of bills have been suggested to help change that. Nebraska Senators Brad Ashford and Mike Flood have proposed three new bills that would make being convicted of a Nebraska DUI far less appealing for both first time and repeat offenders.
If passed to law, one bill would double all fines imposed on drink drivers and result in a mandatory five year prison sentence to anyone with four prior DUI convictions. Another bill would remove the current look back window of twelve years to allow courts to consider a driver’s entire driving history for subsequent offenses.
Nebraska already has some very stiff possible penalties for a DUI conviction. First time Nebraska DUI offenders currently face fines of up to four hundred dollars, up to 60 days in prison and a driver’s license suspension of up to six months. With each subsequent Nebraska DUI offense the potential penalties become more severe.
In a state that has potential penalties that are as severe as under current Nebraska law, enlisting the help of an experienced Nebraska DUI attorney is a wise decision. If these newly proposed bills become law, hiring a qualified DUI attorney will be of critical importance for anyone arrested for DUI in Nebraska.