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Sentence Enhancements for DUI in Delaware

The State of Delaware enhances sentences for individuals driving under the influence due to age, prior offenses, blood alcohol concentration, and incidents that result in accidents or deaths. Specifically, individuals under the age of seventeen receive longer license suspension periods and increased hours of community service or imprisonment. Additionally, individuals possessing higher blood alcohol concentration levels receive longer imprisonment sentence and longer license suspensions. Also, higher blood alcohol concentration levels increase fines and revocation of driving privileges. Finally, individuals causing accidents or fatalities will receive longer imprisonment and higher sentencing categories. Specifically, driving under the influence offenders killing or harming other will receive heighten felony charges that will affect his or her ability to receive employment.

Delaware imposes enhanced penalties for drivers under the age of seventeen. Typically, drivers under the age of seventeen will receive longer license suspension as well as charges for underage drinking. Also, individuals under the age of eighteen are usually charged as juvenile offenders and receive probation or community service. Thus, Delaware increases the number of community service hours an offender must complete. However, drivers driving under the influence may receive a higher sentence than probation or community service or both. Regardless of the actual sentence, a driver under the age of seventeen driving under the influence will receive a suspended license. Additionally, all offenders under the age of seventeen must complete alcohol education classes or a rehabilitation course. Also, drivers under the age of seventeen may receive a longer license suspension without the installation of an ignition interlock device.

The State of Delaware also imposes enhanced penalties for drivers possessing a blood alcohol concentration level of fifteen tenths of one percent. Specifically, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration level of fifteen tenths of one percent will receive increased imprisonment sentences and longer license suspensions. Typically, a heightened blood alcohol concentration will eliminate the possibility of first time offenders to enter alcohol education courses to expunge his or her record. Also, a driver driving under the influence with a heighten blood alcohol concentration on multiple occasions will receive greater penalties than a prior offenders without a heighten blood alcohol concentration level.

Additionally, Delaware enhances penalties for individuals with prior driving under the influence convictions. Drivers guilty of multiple driving under the influence offenses will receive greater fines, longer imprisonment, longer license suspension, and permanent license revocation. Repeat driving under the influence offender may receive a felony conviction used against him or her if the individual is conviction of other crimes. Specifically, driving under the influence three or more times will result in a type of felony. However, an individual guilty of six or more driving under the influence offenses without receive previously receiving permanent revocation will receive a class D or C felony.

Prior driving under the influence conviction increase fines from seven hundred and fifty dollars to fifteen thousand dollars. Also, individuals convicted of prior offenses increase the range of fines an individual receives. Typically, only one prior driving under the influence offense will fine an individual an amount of seven hundred and fifty dollars to two thousand and five hundred dollars. However, an individual with six prior driving under the influence offense set a fine range from ten thousand to fifteen thousand dollars.

Additionally, prior driving under the influence offense convictions may require the completion of alcohol evaluation or rehabilitation. Also, prior driving under the influence convictions may require inpatient treatment. The treatment must not exceed fifteen months. Prior driving under the influence conviction may require counseling and other treatment programs.

Furthermore, the State of Delaware enhances sentences for driving under the influence offenders based on age, blood alcohol concentration levels, and prior driving under the influence convictions.


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