Annie’s Law Goes Into Effect
On April 4th, Annie’s Law will go into effect.
Annie’s Law Gets Harsh!
This law is the latest in Ohio’s ever harshening “war” on drunk drivers. For years, MADD and their partners at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been laying the groundwork for universal ignition interlock devices. Their “DADDS” system would require every car manufactured to be equipped with sensors. If the driver attempts to start the car and has some alcohol on their breath, it does not allow the car to start. While this is still their objective, public opinion is very against this idea. MADD was handed a defeat when the public in Ontario voted on this issue. So they changed tactics.
Ignition Interlock Required
Now, a person ACCUSED of drunk driving will have to get an ignition interlock in their car in order to get driving privileges. The quid pro quo of this arrangement is the harsh mandatory time that an ACCUSED person cannot drive is eliminated. Targeting the easily vilified drunk driver makes the use of ignition interlock tools pervasive. Many states have already passed this law. Ohio has moved markedly toward the right in matters of criminal justice so it was a natural choice. Ohio joins Kentucky and West Virginia who have similar laws.
10 Year Look-back (Instead of 6)
The OVI (drunk driving) law expanded to allow for a 10 year look-back instead of the current 6. That means that if a convicted OVI offender gets another conviction, the offender will be subject to lengthy incarceration and other enhanced penalties.
Previously, this bill met objection. The Ohio Judicial Conference (the judges) who saw it as an affront to their discretion. Our hope is that judges will be able to strike the proper balance between protecting the public and protecting the rights of those not yet convicted of an offense. As always, I will continue to fight for the rights of those accused. If you need more information about this law or its implementation, please contact me at (937) 318-1384 or 24/7 at (937) 776-2671.