Drunk driving is a serious, yet common offense. Every day, drunk drivers put innocent pedestrians and drivers at risk of severe and even fatal injuries. Experienced DUI lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have helped countless drunk driving victims and their families whose lives have been forever changed by an alcohol-related crash.
Even city officials responsible for protecting the public have used poor
judgment and committed a drunk driving offense. As the
Houston Chronicle is reporting, a former fire chief in Porter, Texas, recently pleaded guilty
to drunken driving. The 43-year-old ran up a large bar tab at a nearby
bar, then drove his car with his wife in the passenger seat.
He also admitted to using city resources for personal gain, which ultimately led to his firing.
According to a law enforcement affidavit, the former fire chief ordered his assistant to rush to the scene and try to deter his DWI arrest. He lied about the incident to a grand jury, resulting in additional perjury charges.
In exchange for his guilty plea to perjury and drunken driving, the fire department agreed to drop charges relating to falsifying documents such as his time sheet. Both the former fire chief and his wife face thousands of dollars in fines.
Alcohol convictions such as driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are serious criminal offenses. They can result in license suspensions or revocations, fines, and even jail time. More importantly, they can also put innocent people’s lives at risk.
In another shocking drunk driving accident, the archbishop-elect of San Francisco recently spent time in jail for alleged drunk driving. The Catholic archbishop publicly apologized after he was stopped at an alcohol checkpoint and police officers found that his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit. He said that he was driving home from dinner at a friend’s house that night and disgraced himself and the church by getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.
In an attempt to curb drunk driving offenses, New York is considering a new law that would prevent drunk drivers from fleeing the scene of an accident. That is exactly what happened to Alix Rice, a 17-year-old who was skateboarding home from work when a drunk driver hit her and flung her 167 feet in the air. The driver was a local doctor who could have potentially saved her life if he immediately helped her get the medical attention she needed. Instead, he drove away and left the girl with a broken neck and other life-threatening injuries.
Not only was the driver drunk, he was also reportedly speeding and sending
text messages at the time of the fatal accident! Distracted driving is
another serious offense that causes numerous injuries and deaths every year.
State officials hope “Alix’s Law” will help hold drunk drivers accountable and prevent further harm. If this proposed bill passes, drunk drivers will no longer be able to argue that they were too drunk to understand what they were doing.
Our skilled DUI lawyers understand the serious consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol. We strongly advocate on behalf of DUI and DWI victims and help get maximum compensation for these victims and their families.