Have you ever noticed how ungrateful people are these days? Where are the times where a simple hand shake, a tasty breakfast or a hug from your loved one would make our day shine and load us with positive and productive energy? There is no doubt that many things have changed over the last 15 years and everything keeps moving faster and faster, demanding even more from us but even in these settings, we should start loving more what we have and what we have accomplished and not focus all the time on what’s to come. Another kind of ingratitude is that when an individual not only does not cherish what he has, but he does not want anything from the future either determining him to make decisions that may affect him and others around him. Under certain circumstances, both kinds of ingratitude can produce the same negative effects.
Why do I mix ingratitude with driving under the influence? Simple… In my opinion, driving under the influence is just a sign of ingratitude and no respect towards your family, friends and known ones. No matter what the reason may be, mixing alcohol with gas is bound to bring more trouble than good.
There are very few cases in which driving under the influence may be acceptable, but even in those situations a better solution may be available. If you were not already aware, there are some yellow vehicles called cabs roaming the city. Maybe you should investigate these mysterious inventions. Drinking alone is bad enough, but when you drink and get behind the wheel, things can quickly get out of control, putting both your life and the lives of other drivers in danger.
If you are going to a party, there is bound to be drinking involved so you must plan your “escape”. If you’re going with a group of friends and a cab is, for some reason, a non-option, you can designate a driver, which will be responsible to taking you back home safely. This way you not only avoid being pulled over by the police, but this decision may also save the lives of you and your friends as well as other traffic participants.
Looking at the DUI statistics from the State of California over a ten year interval we can see that many lives were lost due to driving under the influence. In the last 5 years of these statistics we can see that the percentage of fatalities are close to the 20 mark, which means one individual dies on average at every 5 accidents caused by driving under the influence. Do you want to be another statistic or do you want to see your children grow and have children of their own? If you are interested in the DUI Fact Sheet of the state of California and other statistics, visit the website of the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Driving under the influence and being pulled over may seem like a tragedy but in reality it may just be your salvation. Imagine if you continued driving, having your driving skills greatly affected by the alcohol in your blood stream and losing your life or taking other innocent lives with you. I think, being arrested is a far better deal. Sure being arrested can be intimidating, especially if you haven’t been on this road before, but not all is lost. California has some pretty extensive and rather harsh statutes regarding driving under the influence of alcohol and/or controlled substances and the penalties range from community service, impoundment of your vehicle, serious fines to even incarceration up to one year in jail.
If this is your first DUI arrest you probably do not know exactly how to act and react. Within 10 calendar days of your arrest you must request a meeting with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Failure to do so will get your driver’s license suspended, which means you won’t be able to use your car to go to school or work. A DUI offense is probably the first encounter with the criminal justice system, which means you will need proper legal guidance to minimize the penalties. Hiring a lawyer is one of the best decisions you can make when being faced with a DUI offense.
An experienced and skilled lawyer specialized in DUI in your state is the only one that can help you from now on. He can evaluate every detail of your case and will work effortlessly to get your charged reduced or dismissed. If you are looking for quality legal representation, I highly recommend the Sigal Law Group law firm, a place where you can find dedicated lawyers with years of experience in all kinds of criminal offenses as well as DUI. They offer a free initial consultation on their website which you can access by clicking here.
If your first DUI offense gets minimized or dismissed, you got only your lawyer to thank for that. Don’t take the positive outcome for granted. Learn from your mistakes and don’t drink and drive ever again because second offenders have less chances of having penalties reduced or dismissed.
If you have been arrested for DUI, feel free to share your experiences with others in the comments section.