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Bill Drafted To Close Habitual DWI Offender Loophole

4:53 AM, Sep 7, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Last month, we brought you the story of Lance Snyder. 

He drove drunk in 1982 and killed three people in a crash. A judge convicted him of second degree murder, but that didn't stop him from driving drunk. Between 1982 and 2012, he got arrested five more times for drunk driving. In 1993, he was convicted as a habitual felon and served 17 years. After getting out, he committed two more DWIs. But Snyder was not charged as a habitual felon because of a loophole. The current law says if a person hadn't committed a DWI in 10 years, they wouldn't be considered a habitual felon. But when it came to Snyder, he was in jail during that period- so he couldn't have committed another offense! 

So we brought it to the attention to local legislators. And are now seeing the first steps towards change. Representative Marcus Brandon asked led the way in the drafting of a new bill.
It asks they amend the habitual DWI law to include any DWI offense that happens after a person is convicted of habitual DWI.

Again, this is just a draft, but we wanted to share that progress is being made.

Click here to see the whole draft of the proposed changes

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