I’ve been defending DUI’s now for over twenty-five years, and I can tell you without a doubt, that Mothers Against Drunk Driving has a huge impact on DUI’s across the state of California, and Los Angeles in particular. Los Angeles has a huge population. It’s very dense, and a lot of people every month are arrested and prosecuted for DUI’s. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has the policy of trying to protect the public and trying to stop underage drinking and trying to get stricter enforcement laws as relates to DUI’s in Los Angeles County. So, they have a huge 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, prosecutors feel, I believe to a large degree, that Mothers Against Drunk Driving is one of the organizations they have to answer to and it’s a non-profit organization really just designed to assist law enforcement, prosecutors and judges in enforcing and dealing with people who chose to drink and drive.
I also that one of their primary aids is to act as a deterrent towards people who are getting DUI’s – 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 totally understand their tenants, and why they’re out there and I think they put on a program – a victim impact program – where there’s a one-day seminar, and again, they’re trying to educate people who have gotten DUI’s about the dangers that they face and the public faces if they continue to drink alcohol, go out on the streets, risk their life and risk the lives of other people.
So, bet your bottom dollar that Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is an organization that has a lot of credibility, 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 DUI’s throughout Los Angeles County, so MADD is recognizing them all the time and they know that they’re kind of 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, if you get a DUI in Los Angeles County, 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. A lot of 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 definitely a huge political influence in the DUI world, and if you have a DUI you’re probably going to be doing some sort of a program connected with them.
So, if you have a DUI in California, and specifically, Los Angeles, you’re going to want to get an attorney who has been down this road before and had success. Contact our Los Angeles DUI lawyers to review your case.