Parker DUI Bill Requires Full Search of Record, NCIC Data, for Prior Offenses

Legislature passes SB2685 to require records searches; extend DUI task force

JACKSON (March 30, 2017) – The Mississippi legislature has passed SB2685, a bill by Senator David Parker (R-Olive Branch),  which extends the work of the state DUI task force (and related efforts) through the end of the year, and adds a requirement that prior to entering a guilty plea to a DUI offense, law enforcement must:

“submit certification to the prosecution that the defendant’s driving record, the confidential registry and National Crime Information Center record have been searched for all prior convictions, nonadjudications, pretrial diversions and arrests for driving or operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or while under the influence of any other substance that has impaired the person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. The results of the search must be included in the certification.”

“Under this law, law enforcement must certify a full search of past offense has been conducted, both in and out of state, before a plea deal can be accepted. This ensures prosecutors and judges will know if someone is a DUI repeat offender and can take that into consideration,” said Parker. He continued, “Our statewide DUI task force continues to bring together law enforcement, the judiciary, prosecutors, defense attorneys, technology experts and mental health specialists to get everyone on the same page to prevent DUI violations. We have expanded and extended that task force through the end of the year to continue to seek to improve our DUI laws.”

SB2685 builds on Parker’s work in the 2016 session which saw the passage of the DUI Transparency Act and the DUI Modernization and Technology Act. Last year Parker was named a “Legislator of the Year” by the national Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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