DUI Found Not to Be a Violent Crime By U.S. Supreme Court

In a recent case brought before the United States Supreme Court, a man was charged under the Armed Career Criminal Act which imposes a special mandatory 15-year prison term upon a person who unlawfully possesses a firearm and who has three or more prior convictions for committing certain drug crimes or a violent felony.

After the Defendant pled guilty to his 13th DUI (drunk driving) offense, a judge sentenced him to the enhanced sentence of 15 years in prison.

The United States Supreme Court ruled that a DUI (drunk driving) involves conduct that “presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another” under clause but is not the type of conduct that the legislature intended it to cover.

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