State Bill Seeks to Mandate DUI Interlock Devices for Non-DUI Charges

State lawmakers in Washington State have proposed a bill that would require DUI ignition interlock devices for those who have had their DUI charges reduced to reckless driving:

Justice is a concept that is easily bended against those charged with DUI.
Justice is a concept that is easily bended against those charged with DUI.

Goodman is sponsoring another bill, HB 2443, that would require the use of breath alcohol ignition interlock devices for those originally charged with DUI but convicted of reckless driving.

So basically the State wants to be able to punish someone for DUI without having to prove the case.

Many DUI cases are reduced to reckless driving when the prosecutor feels that they do not have enough evidence to prove the case.  In some cases it is a fair compromise to both sides. But this bill would allow prosecutors to take shortcuts and attach DUI penalties to a non-DUI offenses and therefore gain the benefit of the ultimate penalty.  This is completely unfair and a flagrant violation of any notion of fair dealing.  If the government cannot prove that the defendant was DUI, then how can they mete out DUI penalties?

Just goes to show: innocent unless proven guilty does not apply to DUI.

Justin McShane

PA DUI attorney Justin J. McShane is the President/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC - Pennsylvania's top criminal law and DUI law firm. He is the highest rated DUI attorney in PA as rated by Justin McShane is a double Board certified attorney. He is the first and so far the only Pennsylvania attorney to achieve American Bar Association recognized board certification in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. He is also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.

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