I've been defending DUIs now for over twenty-five years, and I can tell you that Mothers Against Drunk Driving has a significant impact on DUIs across California and Los Angeles in particular.
Los Angeles has a vast population. It's very dense, and many people are arrested and prosecuted every month for DUIs. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has a policy of trying to protect the public, stop underage drinking, and get stricter enforcement laws related to DUIs in Los Angeles County. So, they have a substantial political impact.
More and more, judges across LA County – are influenced by MADD, and when they set bail in cases when they punish people when they warn people about what they're going to do to them if they're caught drinking and driving again for a DUI – they've got Mothers Against Drunk Driving on the forefront of their minds.
So, the police, judges, and prosecutors feel, I believe to a large degree, that Mothers Against Drunk Driving is one of the organizations they have to answer to. It's a non-profit organization designed to assist law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges in enforcing and dealing with people who choose to drink and drive.
One of their primary aids is to act as a deterrent toward people getting DUIs – to let them know what could happen when you go out and drink and drive and put yourself and others at risk.
So, I believe Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a wonderful organization. I understand their tenants and why they're out there, and I think they put on a victim impact program – where there's a one-day seminar. Again, they're trying to educate people who have gotten DUIs about the dangers they face and the public faces if they continue to drink alcohol, go out on the streets, risk their lives, and risk other people's lives.
MADD has Substantial Credibility
So, bet your bottom dollar that Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is an organization that has a lot of credibilities, a lot of authority, and to a degree, a lot of underlying power when it comes to DUI cases in Los Angeles County.
So, it's an organization that the CHP is connected with. I think they give a lot of awards out to the CHP because the CHP is arresting people all the time for DUIs throughout Los Angeles County. Hence, MADD recognizes them all the time, and they know that they're the arms and legs of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, as far as stopping people going out on the highways, endangering lives by drinking alcohol and driving unsafely out on our streets.
So, suppose you get a DUI in Los Angeles County. In that case, there's a good chance that you will come in contact with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or at least some of the concepts and programs that they have set up related to trying to educate people on drinking and driving, what happens when you drink and drive, some of the penalties that you could face, and some of the bad results that can occur.
Many mothers involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving have had loved ones who have passed away because someone drank alcohol and drove out on our streets. So, they're a substantial political influence in the DUI world, and if you have a DUI, you're probably going to be doing some program connected with them. So, if you have a DUI in California, specifically Los Angeles, you'll want to get an attorney who has been down this road before and had success.