MADD: About one-third of all drunk driving arrests are repeat offenders
The two APD routine arrests over the weekend for Driving Under the Influence illustrate perfectly why the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Monday reaffirmed the common sense notion that perps who have been detained for DUI have no right of counsel prior to administration of the Breathalyzer.
In Massachusetts, an "implied consent" state, you do have the right to say "No" but that will result in a loss of license for six months. And you do have the right to a phone call within one hour of being escorted into the police station.
Since the Breathalzyer test is time sensitive and DUI attorneys are not always available in the dead of night, requiring police departments to forgo this invaluable tool would result in far too many guilty parties going free.
With any one of them potentially going on to change forever the lives of an innocent family.
Rafael Garcia, age 21 (APD intake photo)
Click to enlarge/read (note time of stop)
Joshua Silver, age 27
Another late night incident