Repeat DUI offenders may soon have permanent solution
In Kansas City, Missouri, there are some people who may end up getting behind the wheel after drinking. This may be because of an underestimation of how much alcohol has been consumed, but it could still lead to drunk driving accidents even if a person thinks that they have not been drinking too much. Repeat offenders get into this sort of situation multiple times.
Repeat offenders can be considered a somewhat tricky situation due to the fact that the typical punishments doled out for DUI related crimes may not be entirely useful in keeping these people out of jail. This is because repeat offenders generally are tied to chronic alcohol issues which can make it more difficult for them to prevent themselves from getting in a car while drunk. However, there are new programs that some states are considering which would replace the traditional jail time.
One such program is being implemented in South Carolina. Instead of jail time, this voluntary rehabilitation program would include 13 months of supervision, AA meetings, court appearances, counseling and therapy, alcohol testing without any prior schedule and 6 months of aftercare after the program has been completed.
The hope with this program is that it will be enough to lower the number of repeat offenders out on the road, thus making the roads a safer place for all drivers. However, there are still many states that pack traditional penalties for repeat DUI offenders, and those penalties can be heavy. Anyone facing a repeat DUI charge may wish to contact an attorney.