There have been quite a few drunk driving stories in the news lately where people have been accused of DUI with an exceptionally large number of prior offenses and arrests alleged. There was just an alleged 10th offense in Salisbury (for which he was indicted and faces a maximum sentence in superior court). And there have been recent alleged high multiple offenses including an 11th offense in Worcester, a 7th offense in Revere, an 8th offense in Rehoboth and a 10th offense in New Bedford.
I am often asked questions by people with justifiable outrage about these cases.
- “How can these people keep getting away with it?
- “How are they not in jail?”
- “How can our drunk driving laws be so lax that these people are allowed to keep driving?”
There are a number of possible, quite reasonable explanations for this. [Read more…]