A Case Study of The Man with 12 DUI Convictions

man with 12 DUI convictions

A Case Study of The Man with 12 DUI Convictions

Introduction to A Case Study of The Man with 12 DUI Convictions

A DUI, or driving under the influence, is unfortunately a fairly common offense. Have you heard about the man with 12 DUI convictions? Reports show that 2016 may be the worst year for drinking and driving related deaths.i On average, 28 people die each day from drinking and driving related accidents.ii In 2015, 10, 265 people died from drinking and driving related accidents.iii

There is no question that drinking and driving can have devastating consequences, not only for the driver but everyone else on the road. Sadly, many of the individuals who receive a DUI are repeat offenders. In fact, in 2012 5,400 of the people arrested for a DUI were repeat offenders.iv Even though the consequences for DUIs, especially in Arizona, can be incredibly strict – it does not seem to deter everyone. One individual from Wisconsin received a total of 12 DUI convictions and has spent close to a decade in jail for these incidents.

Daniel Frisch from Wisconsin

The following information has been provided based upon interviews Mr. Frisch, man with 12 DUI convictions, gave based on his life.

12 DUI convictions is an outrageous number, to the average individual. To Mr. Frisch, drinking and driving was just a normal activity and he grew up believing there was nothing wrong with these actions. Mr. Frisch grew up in a small town with a close-knit family who spent time playing card games and spending family holidays and birthdays together.v Alcohol was a common component in all events, no matter the occasion.vi Mr. Frisch noted that his father would usually have a few drinks before driving the various family members home after an event, and that it was just the norm.vii

man with 12 DUI convictionsBy time Mr. Frisch reached his sophomore year of high school he was a regular drinker and frequently used drugs like heroin.viii In fact, Mr. Frisch used $200 he got as a graduation gift to begin a heroin trafficking business where he could deal to friends, relatives, and individuals in the small town.ix Mr. Frisch did eventually get caught selling heroin and spent to prison for three years.x Shortly after his release from prison, Mr. Frisch began to drink more heavily.xi According to him, it was a great way to meet people and have a fun time – and it was legal.xii

DUI Convictions

Mr. Frisch was charged with his first DUI (or OWI, operating while intoxicated in Wisconsin) in 1992 at the age of 31.xiii Over the next six years, Mr. Frisch received four more DUIs, and he repeatedly drove with a revoked license.xiv Despite his repeated offenses, the longest sentence Mr. Frisch received prior to his current sentence was just six months in jail, and it was not until his eighth offense that he actually received jail time.xv Mr. Frisch was arrested multiple times after he was released from jail for drinking and driving, and typically his blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.xvi

For Mr. Frisch’s 12th DUI charge, he brought the case to trial in 2010.xvii The charge occurred after other motorists alerted the police that a vehicle was being driver erratically in the area.xviii That vehicle belonged to Mr. Frisch, and he was arrested at home in his driveway.xix After his conviction at trial, the court ordered that Mr. Frisch not drink, but he was unable to comply.xx At sentencing, Mr. Frisch showed up with the smell of alcohol on his breath, and he blew a 0.06%.xxi The hearing was postponed so Mr. Frisch could attend sober. xxii Mr. Frisch was sentenced to seven years in prison followed by fiver years of extended supervision.xxiii His license was also revoked for three years after his release from prison.xxiv Mr. Frisch is currently appealing his conviction.xxv His driver’s license will not be reinstated until he is 59, in the year 2020.xxvi

Self Reflection

Despite all of these convictions and life spent in prisons and jails, Mr. Frisch, the man with 12 DUI convictions, still wants to continue drinking when he is out of prison.xxvii Because of his incarceration, Mr. Frisch has been sober for three years – which he has noted is the longest stretch of sobriety he has had in his adult life.xxviii Mr. Frisch was not given an option for becoming sober, but there is no drinking in prison so he really did not have any other choice than to stop drinking.xxix

During his interview, Mr. Frisch noted that he plans on spending the remaining time he has in prison working toward a better life for when he is released.xxx He currently has a welding certificate and will enter into an alcohol and drug abuse counseling next year.xxxi Although he does not want to give up drinking for good, he does finally recognize that if he continues drinking he will likely spend more of his life in prison, and that is not a risk he is willing to make any more.xxxii

Mr. Frisch noted that he never really viewed drinking and driving as an issue, and still really does not – despite being in prison for his 12th conviction.xxxiii Mr. Frisch also noted in an interview that he does not see himself as an alcoholic, and because he was never involved in a serious crash, or killed anyone as a result of his drinking and driving, he has a hard time understanding why his actions are criminal.xxxiv

Conclusion to A Case Study of The Man with 12 DUI Convictions

Drinking and driving is a serious crime in every state in the United States, but it is clear that some states are not as strict as others. In Arizona, a first time DUI offender will face a minimum of one day in jail. In Wisconsin, the laws are much more lax considering that Mr. Frisch, the man with 12 DUI convictions, did not face jail time for his drinking and driving convictions until his 8th offense. Maybe if Mr. Frisch lived in a state where the consequences for drinking and driving are incredibly strict he would not have reached 12 DUIs before realizing he had to make a change.


i See Kris Van Cleave 2016 May Go Down As One Of The Worst Years for Drunk Driving Deaths CBS News (Published December 26, 2016) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2016-may-go-down-as-one-of-the-worst-years-for-drunk-driving-deaths/

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iv See Drunk Behind the Wheel Again: For One Man, 12 DUI Arrests (Published May 10, 2014) http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/05/09/sunday-preview-drunk-behind-wheel/8907727/

v See Kris Van Cleave 2016 May Go Down As One Of The Worst Years for Drunk Driving Deaths CBS News (Published December 26, 2016) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2016-may-go-down-as-one-of-the-worst-years-for-drunk-driving-deaths/

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xii See Kris Van Cleave 2016 May Go Down As One Of The Worst Years for Drunk Driving Deaths CBS News (Published December 26, 2016) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2016-may-go-down-as-one-of-the-worst-years-for-drunk-driving-deaths/

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xvi See Kris Van Cleave 2016 May Go Down As One Of The Worst Years for Drunk Driving Deaths CBS News (Published December 26, 2016) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2016-may-go-down-as-one-of-the-worst-years-for-drunk-driving-deaths/

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xxii See Kris Van Cleave 2016 May Go Down As One Of The Worst Years for Drunk Driving Deaths CBS News (Published December 26, 2016) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2016-may-go-down-as-one-of-the-worst-years-for-drunk-driving-deaths/

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xxvi See Kris Van Cleave 2016 May Go Down As One Of The Worst Years for Drunk Driving Deaths CBS News (Published December 26, 2016) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2016-may-go-down-as-one-of-the-worst-years-for-drunk-driving-deaths/

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xxxiv See Kris Van Cleave 2016 May Go Down As One Of The Worst Years for Drunk Driving Deaths CBS News (Published December 26, 2016) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2016-may-go-down-as-one-of-the-worst-years-for-drunk-driving-deaths/