posted on Jul, 1 2013 @ 12:00 AM
This is such a weird one. It seems so wrong to be strapping people down and taking blood, but at the same time it seems very wrong to essentially let
someone get away with a crime that they will most likely repeat, often with deadly results. Losing you license after driving drunk is not punishment
enough for what I would compare to recklessly shooting off a gun in the city.
I'm really on the fence about this one. I got a DUI over a year ago, and when I asked the cop at the station what would happen if I refused the
breathalyzer he told me he would have to take me to the hospital and get my blood drawn. "What if I don't consent to that?" Tough. To be fair,
the guy was awesome and we ended up having a pretty nice chat when he drove me home. I was still floored though. I guess I missed that part of the
drivers exam or the fine print.
So the question is, what's worse? Taking someone's blood after they've entered into a contract, or letting them walk scott free and potentially do
the same thing again.
What if someone isn't stopped for weaving, but ends up hitting a car full of kids? Then do you think it's OK? What if they kill someone? At what
point is it acceptable to take the blood forcibly? I think there is a line, and I don't know where to draw it.
Also a few quick things I would like to share with you all that I learned post DUI. First of all, don't drive drunk. I wasn't sloppy, and didn't
realize I was still drunk after waking up from a nap. That dumbass mistake (along with not having cold/allergy medicine) has cost me probably $10k,
my insurance is $400 a month, the breathalyzer in my car was a huge embarrassment and pain in the ass, I had to go to 4 couseling sessions at $120 a
pop, had to go to a ten hour class that was horribly boring and at times depressing, I spent a year going to court, had to sit in jail for a day, felt
horrible about myself and what could have happened if I had hit someone, had to tell my family and a few girlfriends... I'm lucky I don't plan on
ever having a job where this will really matter, but for a lot of folks that's a huge issue. What I'm saying is it's not worth it. EVER.
Realize that the .08 thing is essentially a lie. You can be charged with a DUI for almost any BAC level. A lady in one of my classes got one at I
I am not a lawyer and this isn't legal advice, just my opinion. The field sobriety test IS a scam in most cases. If the cop thinks you're drunk,
you're going to the station regardless of how well you do here (I did awesome on mine). The only purpose of these tests is A if the cop is really
unsure, which they won't be, and B piling on more evidence.
It is worth it to retain private counsel. They will work harder for you. I got a very good deal that I wouldn't have if I had gone with a public