Efforts to implement tougher sentencing standards for repeat DUI offenders have increased across the country, and a law proposed in Pennsylvania would lead to additional and very serious consequences for those with multiple DUI convictions. Deana’s Law, which recently passed the Pennsylvania Senate, would significantly change how DUI offenses are handled by the state’s legal system.
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On February 16, 2019, Deana Eckman of Delaware County died in a head-on collision, leaving her husband injured. The other driver has since been convicted of his sixth DUI. He also pled guilty to third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle, and several other charges.
As a result of Eckman’s death, legislators stepped up efforts to penalize repeat DUI offenders.
Several of the changes proposed in Deana’s Law would enhance sentencing standards, including:
There are several other components of Deana’s Law. These elements make it more difficult for repeat offenders consume alcohol against court directives:
DUI courts. PennDOT, state police, and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts would create recommendations for DUI courts to be used throughout the state.
Senate Bill 773, which is named for Deana Eckman’s birth month and year, passed the Senate on a 43-6 vote. It will now move to the House of Representatives, where it has been referred to the Transportation Committee. Although the family’s goal was to have the bill become law by the first anniversary of Eckman’s death, they hope that it will keep repeat offenders off the road.
As DUI laws become stricter across Pennsylvania, it is likely that even those on their first or second DUI arrest will be affected. Choosing to represent yourself after a DUI leaves you open to longer jail sentences, higher fines, and a great loss of freedom. It is crucial to work with a local DUI attorney in your area as soon as possible after your arrest.