Q: Why is a dui from 13 years ago effect a current dui
Technically a prior DUI 13 years ago should not affect a new charge - however - it does. Prosecutors believe there is a pattern (which is a real stretch) and Judges think you didn't learn from the last experience. The Legislature now believes you should be punished at your first court date and makes it mandatory to install an ignition interlock.
Clearly you need to talk to an attorney as any prior offense makes the new DUI very serious in the eyes of many.
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