They may be considered, though penalties for OWI offenses are generally tied to the judicial district's OWI sentencing guidelines. If those priors were before 1989, then you may just be facing a first offense in which case there is no jail penalty absent injury or a minor in the vehicle.
Priors from 1989 forward are counted for charging purposes, so it depends when in the 1980's your priors occurred. Check your driving record.
This answer is provided for general information only. No legal advice can be given without a consult as to the specifics of the case.
Get an attorney! The lifetime rule went into effect in Jan '89...convictions prior to that shouldn't count. The new one should likely be a 1st, if prior were before that time. It won't be civil if you caused accident, it will be criminal. You need help here....
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