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What Kind of People Are Arrested for DUI?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Many in our society believe that those who commit DUI are somehow “bad people”, but this type of negative stereotype is neither constructive nor accurate.  Most people in Kansas or Missouri have operated a vehicle after drinking.  There are almost 50,000 DUI arrests in Kansas and Missouri annually.  Those arrested whether in Kansas, Missouri or throughout the U.S. are from all walks of life.  Some notable examples of recent DUI arrests around the country provide a fairly clear picture of the diverse scope of those arrested for DUI:

Judge Whom Oversees DUI Cases: A Montana Judge who oversees DUI cases was arrested for driving under the influence of methadone.  The Judge who oversees DUI cases in Montana allegedly drove to the police station to request that police officers open the courthouse because he was scheduled to conduct a wedding.  The police indicated that the Judge appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs because he was disoriented and sweating heavily.  The Judge allegedly admitted to taking lorazepam in an attempt to help with his recovery from methadone addiction.

Former President of Florida Chapter of MADD: Although MADD is a leading organization dedicated to increasing penalties for drunk driving, this did not prevent the Former President of the Florida Chapter of MADD from being arrested for DUI with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) three times the legal limit.

West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney: A prosecuting attorney in West Virginia who is empowered with the authority to prosecute those charged with DUI offenses was himself arrested and charged with DUI.  He was arrested after being involved in a DUI related auto accident.

Deputies that Enforce DUI Laws: Dozens of Sheriff Deputies all over the U.S. have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).  These deputies routinely investigate and enforce DUI law and see the consequences of fatal DUI accidents.

These are just a few recent examples that show anyone can be arrested for DUI.  Driving under the influence alcohol arrests reach all races, genders, occupations and socioeconomic classes.  DUI arrests even occur among those who are most directly involved in enforcing DUI laws.  A recent study revealed that 13 percent of all drivers admit to driving while intoxicated during the last year while another 4 percent admit to driving while under the influence of drugs during the last year.

Drunk drivers are not “bad people”, they are Judges, police officers, MADD officials and people just like you who made a mistake that can have terrible consequences.  A DUI conviction is a very serious Kansas criminal offense that can result in harsh penalties and a lifetime of adverse consequences.  If you or someone you love has been charged with DUI in Kansas City, it is important to seek a DUI attorney in Kansas City who regularly represents clients on DUI charges in Missouri or Kansas.  At The DUI Clinic of Hottman and Associates, we have been representing those charged with DUI throughout the greater Kansas City area for over 15 years.  When bad things happen to good people, we are there to help not judge so call us today at 888-4-DUI-CLINIC.