Why in the world is DUI a misdemeanor. What kind of message does this send to
people who drink and drive? It ought to be a felony with permanent revocation of
all driving privileges. The innocent little boy that was killed by a drunk a
couple of days ago and the pain his family has to go through shows how ugly this
crime is. Maybe we would have fewer of these tragedies if we had some teeth in
Increasing the penality for DUI crime will greatly decreasing the DUI crime
rate. A mandatory 10 years (like this case) is a good stater. Do youhear that a
povo man had 10 DUI case in last 7 years. Man, how sick this society is?
Contrast this with the man found guilty of assault for slapping a toddler on a
plane flight and calling him the n-word. That man got 20 years. How can a drunk
person kill someone and get a year in jail, and another drunk man slaps and
insults a child and gets 20 years?
I am concerned when prosecutors moonlight as social workers and advocate for the
criminal instead of advocating for society and society's sense of justice.
It should be the role of the social services to present mitigating
and extenuating circumstances before the court, not the prosecutor's
office. The prosecutor needs to be an advocate for the law and punishment. The
judge should be the one to decide if sentences run consecutively or
concurrently. Dropping charges is a way of saying the crime(s) did not happen.
Conviction of all crimes, substantiates the charges and as most time is served
concurrently the time in jail/prison is the same, but the truth is now a matter
of record. A person is dead, another injured and all society gets is
a year in county jail and probation? There must be more serious penalties for
driving under the influence. With potheads around us (Colorado, Washington and
who knows which state is next) Utah needs to serious up with impaired driving
sentences which should include significant fines, confiscation as well as time
in prison.IMO we have a problem right here in River City - impaired
driving and soft on crime prosecution of same.