A close friend of mine recently got a DUI in Wisconsin. This was his third in some 22 years and apparently he believed that this one would ruin his life (I say apparently because he committed suicide two days later and he had not mentioned it to any of us).
Given the extremity of his response I looked up Wisconsin DUI laws and certainly a third DUI is pretty serious but looking at it it seemed that they only started counting after Januray 1, 1989. I was mentioning this to friends that likely it wouldn’t have been ruinous and one of the guys there said that not only would Wisconsin get him but so would Illinois (where we all live). I thought this crazy but this guy faced a second DUI charge in Georgia and not only had to face penalties in Georgia but said Illinois is extracting its pound of flesh from him too.
My first thought is this smacks of double jeopardy but I guess that only relates to being prosecuted more than once. If another state prosecutes you for a crime can your home state also exact punishment on you? Can they just accept the other state’s conviction as good enough?
Something seems amiss here but I am not prepared to call this guy a liar especially since he is currently doing community service and classes in Illinois for his Georgia DUI (in addition to having punishment levvied against him in Georgia although I forget what that entailed).
Anyone know how this works?
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