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View Diary: UPDATED: Idaho Senator Mike Crapo charged with drunken driving (157 comments)

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  •  I live in the area & aside from the embarrassment (3+ / 0-)
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    Nulwee, foresterbob, RamblinDave

    of arrest, he will get 30 days (suspended), a bit of probation, a restricted license for six months or a year and mandatory ASAP (alcohol counseling). So, yeah, a slap, pretty much.

    I think most politicians could survive this fairly easily, especially since he was not blind drunk. But the hypocrisy is the killer here. I'm not sure how it plays from that standpoint.

    •  That's not such a slap (4+ / 0-)

      for working class people. The ASAP and court fees can be quite expensive. Not so much for a Congressman — for him it'll be a slap.

      Woe betide him (and get out the popcorn) if he gets another, though; that has mandatory jail time in Virginia. (of course, for a Congressman... yeah.) Again, ordinary working people often end up serving jail on the weekends, so they can keep their jobs rather than take a nice long "vacation" and hope the job is still there when they get back. That adds a big chunk to the court fees, too, especially if the DUI did not happen near where you live and you need to serve the time closer to home.

      (source: co-worker who got two DUIs. I suspect they don't even know if it'll stop a hard-core alcoholic from driving drunk; the punishment is meant to be an example to everyone else, and it's somewhat effective at that.)

      •  Oh, I agree with you completely (3+ / 0-)
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        Radiowalla, Calamity Jean, murrayewv

        and I meant "slap" in terms of his probable wealth and ability to hire a good attorney. And take cabs and hire private drivers.

        Of course, most working class people cannot do any of the above and the fines and mandatory counseling add up quickly. On the other hand, such an experience should dissuade most people from ever repeating the experience and getting a second DUI. Of course, I know most of this because my brother has an old high school buddy who was just released from prison after his fifth DUI. He had the ignition lock and simply asked willing bystanders to blow for him! You are quite correct that our system does little for people with true alcoholism and I'm sure, sadly, that he will soon be back in jail for a similar offense.

        There is just no excuse for someone in Crapo's position, most likely a millionaire, to ever drive drunk. My husband and I are FAR from well-off, but if we have more than one drink, we call a damn taxi. We have a nine-year-old daughter and our reputations to think of.

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