A recent article makes the case that drunk driving charges are not harsh enough. The people accused of such a crime deserve to be severely punished, such as with long prison sentences that have no chance of parole. The critical article seems to be aimed at fatal drunk driving accidents -- which, don't get us wrong, are tragic and unfortunate accidents -- and the people at fault in those accidents.
While the outrage is understandable, the argument is not. People who are accused of drunk driving already face incredibly severe penalties, and we're not just talking about the jail time that may be associated with such an offense, which in and of itself is severe.
When someone is accused of driving drunk, there are many other consequences that they endure. Their license may be revoked for a long time, and their car may be impounded. They will have to pay fines and court costs to deal with their case. They will have to pay to have their license reinstated and to get their car back. They will also likely have to attend classes to address their drinking, which, again, they will have to pay for. On top of all of this, their car insurance premiums will go through the roof.
The financial consequences of a drunk driving charge alone can absolutely ruin a person's life.
People who are accused of drunk driving need to defend their case, no matter how bad they may feel about the whole situation and no matter how much evidence is mounted against them.