Illinois law says that if you have had a prior DUI that you received supervision for you may not receive supervision for your next DUI. There is no limit for the amount of time between the DUI. This causes a little consternation for those who have DUIs that are thirty years old. It also causes lawyers to become wealthy fighting DUI charges that carry hefty penalties.
You would be fair to ask, what difference would it make if a person received a DUI over thirty years ago. Let’s think about that DUI.
The year is 1984. Who was in the White House? What happened in 1984 of any conseqence? Why would the fact that a person received a DUI charge thirty years ago have any bearing on that person today?
Often you heard DUI advocates (those who think tougher laws are the answer to all of life’s little problems) say, “We can’t have drivers that have had DUIs on the road. It’s a public safety issue!” Why? Isn’t the problem having impaired drivers on the road rather than having those who have been charged with an old DUI? Does having an old DUI make the person a greater danger? Are we missing the point? Have we confused having an old DUI with actually driving while impaired? Have we made an illogical jump?
No we haven’t. There are literally hundreds and maybe thousands of lawyers, Secretary of State officials, DUI evaluators, and non-profit “against” DUI executives that are making far too much money on the bad law being enforced to allow anyone to challenge the horrible logic behind the system.
You will never convince anyone to change this system, when so many people make a living off it being illogical and backward.
Law Dude, Ray Flavin, represents drivers that have been charged with DUI in McHenry County Illinois. His law offices are located across the street from the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock. He is one of those lawyers.