Originally Posted by Hervoyel
I beg to differ with you on the comparison with a speeding ticket. It is very different than a speeding ticket. For starters a DWI conviction does not magically drop off of your record like a speeding ticket does after a set number of years (I believe it's 7 but I could be wrong about that). His drivers license (assuming he is convicted) will be suspended for some length of time. First offense it shouldn't be more than a year.
The state has completely lost it's sense of humor over DWI/DUI. I personally am a pretty "law and order" type of person but I think that much in the way the schools have gone overboard with their zero tolerance approach the law has gone overboard on first offenses for DWI/DUI. The prosecute it very zealously and have turned it into what (IMO) a second offense should be. Basically I feel like a first offense (regardless of how much money you make or what you do for a living) should be a lot closer to a speeding ticket (unless an injury accident is involved in which case it should escalate) and subsequent offenses should be big time hammer droppings that either set you straight or put an end to your driving days.
I for one am happy that they have lost their sense of humor on this issue. It only takes one time to kill or maim someone for life. Talk to some parents of children who were killed by first time offenders, and I don't think they'll want it treated like a speeding ticket. After the fact is a bit late imo. You can't put that Genie back in the bottle. They are sending a message loud and clear that drinking and driving won't be tolerated, and I for one, am pretty happy about that.