At the moment, a 1st is sixteen weeks of drunk school; A 2 is ninety days in prison, or a two week residential drunk program; A 3rd is six months; A 4th is one year.
Killing someone drunk driving is five years minimum mandatory.
The car lurched forward, stalling at an uphill stop forced by road construction.
As I struggled to restart the old car, a cop car pulled up behind me.
All lawyers are ethically required to be in rotation to provide their services for the down and out, but the well-established wriggle out of it with well-connected excuses. To me, and most of my fourteen and fifteen-year-old, socio-economic peers, it’s the developmental equivalent of teaching a kid how to swim by throwing them into the deep end of the pool.
I’m not interested in getting involved with someone who just had her ass saved and went out and did it all over again.’ Similar to mandatory drug sentencing laws, the statutes on drunk driving don’t leave much room for judges to be judges.
A Napoleonic squirt of a probation officer, Dumas is smitten by an ailment common to entry-level authoritarians: a deep and unsatisfied desire to be a cop or a lawyer.
When a probationer is in trouble, Dumas gets to play prosecutor. ’ He squeaks, more Jimmy Olsen than Perry Mason, ‘This is her 6th OUI, not her 3rd! ’ The judge rolls his eyes and sighs, ‘Take her downstairs until this afternoon so I can have some time to figure this out.’ A court officer moves in on me with handcuffs. Joel, sitting in the back row of the gallery, tilts his head.
– Probation Officer Dumas- Cattle call, morning District Court where, on most days, a pile of people pack the benches and hallways, waiting to be arraigned on a mishmash of mess-ups. Finally my name is called, and I find myself standing before Judge Mc Elroy, hoping we share some genetic, clannish affinity with the verdant heathlands where Scotch whiskey was born. Ross, how do you plead to a third offense of operating under the influence?
’ “Not guilty, your honor.” For the first time ever I really mean it.