A man named Maurice Larrivee, 69, has recently been charged with his 17th DUI.  According to a news source, before he got arrested for his 17th DUI, “he stopped at a store to buy two-dozen beers while he was already visibly intoxicated.”  Larrivee is lucky no one was injured during his 17th drunken escapade.

During his last DUI, in 2005, his driver’s license was suspended for five years.  What is the punishment for someone with 17 DUI’s?

What Is a DUI?

DUI or Driving Under the Influence occurs when an individual is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.  If an individual gets pulled over by the police on suspicion of drunk driving, the police will test that individuals BAC (Blood Alcohol Content).

What Are the Criminal Penalties for DUI Convictions?

A DUI conviction may result in any of the following criminal penalties:

  • Fines
  • Jail
  • Probation
  • Community service

There are mandatory minimum penalties for first-time offenses and increased penalties for each additional offense thereafter.

What do you think his punishment should be?  Should he be sentenced to life in prison?