Legislation to Admit Evidence of Propensity When Prosecuting DUI Recidivists
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Despite gains, Illinois has yet to fully tourniquet the bloodletting caused by the selfish faction who persist in driving under the influence (DUI). Among this faction, DUI recidivists are commonplace and the elite threat. As Illinois legislators have done with prosecutions of sex offenders and domestic batterers, this Article advocates for the enactment of legislation allowing the State to admit evidence of a DUI defendant’s prior DUIs at trial. Admission of prior DUIs against a defendant will strengthen prosecutions of recidivists, which are inherently difficult, and ensure offenders face criminal sanctions proven to reduce recidivism.