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Habitual Offender

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Definition - What does Habitual Offender mean?

A habitual offender is an individual who has been arrested and convicted of multiple criminal infractions. Their behavior may also be considered a danger to society. Habitual offenders frequently face more severe penalties for their crimes.

Drivers, who have been arrested multiple times for DUI or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, can be charged with a felony conviction, required to attend substance abuse programs, forced to serve time in jail or have their license permanently revoked. Each state has various laws outlining the number of times a driver must be arrested to be considered a "habitual offender".

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