A surprising number of California and national politicians have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. This is not a new phenomenon, nor has it stalled many careers. Many have faced up to the charges and taken steps to address their issues. However, many use their congressional immunity to sweep charges under the rug.
Many politicians are setting a poor example
It’s no surprise that many politicians are fond of alcohol. It’s a famously effective social icebreaker. However, when they get behind the wheel, drinkers pose a serious threat to others. If politicians imbibe and still choose to drive, they are as liable as anyone to pick up a DUI charge.
Immunity was first awarded to members of Congress to protect them from arrest on politically motivated charges. However, since then, many have used this immunity to protect themselves from public embarrassment. This includes using their privilege as a shield against DWI and DUI charges.
As a result, many continue to drink and drive. This flouting of the law can be kept under wraps for many years. It usually only comes to light in the wake of a serious incident.
DWI and DUI are common among elected officials
Public officials, from Congressmen to judges can be arrested for a DWI or DUI. Many can use their social connections to reduce the charge or make it disappear. It’s also apparent that not many voters tend to hold these people accountable. As a result, the number of elected officials who face DWI and DUI charges remains fairly stable.
Recently released studies have shown that police arrest over 1.5 million people annually for charges related to DWI and DUI. In fact, by the time a man reaches the age of 40, he has a one-in-five chance of being arrested for these offenses. This shows that, despite their Congressional immunity, many of our leaders are still vulnerable to this temptation.The post Politicians racking up DUI charges first appeared on The Law Offices of G. Cole Casey.