The Kansas Senate and House have unanimously passed a new DUI bill that would increase penalties for DUI offenders in Kansas. Most notably, the new laws would require an ignition interlock device be installed and maintained on any vehicle driven by a DUI offender, even those with no prior DUI history. Kansas would join eleven other states including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, in requiring ignition interlock installation for
first-time DUI offenders. The interlock would be required for at least six months for first-time offenders. Ignition Interlock devices would be required for one year on a second DUI conviction, two years for a
third DUI violation and three years for a fourth offense.
The bill, a result of corroboration between legislators and the work of the Kansas DUI Commission, would also raise the minimum fine on a first-time DUI from $500.00 to $750.00. DUI offenders will also be tracked under a new system to be implemented with the help of the KBI.
Another controversial part of the bill would allow repeat offenders to eventually get driving privileges back, provided they install and maintain an ignition interlock device. Currently, Kansas revokes a Drivers License permanently after a fifth offense. The legislation also provides a mechanism for expungement of a first-time DUI offense after ten (10) years.The bill has been sent to Governor Sam Brownback for final approval.
Kansas and Missouri DUI laws change every year and the stakes are higher now than ever. If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI contact our office for a Free Initial Consultation or submit a
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