Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can display a great indifference for the safety of others. At the same time, sometimes people do not intend to get behind the wheel while intoxicated; indeed, oftentimes such offenses may be a sign of compulsive behavior for which people need serious help. 

In either case, public safety requires that the state impose some form of punitive action to deter people from driving drunk. The challenge, then, is to try and find the delicate between holding people accountable for a supposed offense and getting them vital assistance when it is clearly needed. 

Local prosecutor sentenced in DUI case

A county prosecutor in Fremont may serve as an example of when one might need such help. One might assume that a professional familiar with the criminal justice system would never consider getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, yet according to the Sioux City Journal, that is what the man pled guilty of doing earlier this year. In addition, he admitted to relapsing into compulsive drinking even after his arrest. His conviction (which is his first) resulted in probation, a steep fine and mandatory use of an ignition interlock device when driving. 

Securing a successful outcome to a DUI case

It may be difficult to tell exactly what the consequences of a DUI conviction may be (in the aforementioned case, while the man faces criminal charges, he remains in his role as a county prosecutor). Yet if those consequences can include assistance for what may be a substance abuse issue, then one may walk away better prepared to avoid trouble in the future. Having proper legal representation can go a long way in securing such help.