Drunk Driving Pictures
By: Chris Kramer
Digital cameras are everywhere. Photos taken by red light cameras or local stores can capture evidence prosecutors may use against you in your drunk driving case.
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Drunk Driving Mug Shots Go More Public Online
One trend that is being brought up in various communities around the country is to post mug shots and drunk driving pictures of those arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
In Huntington Beach, California, for example, a city councilman wants mug shots of those arrested for DUI more than once to have their mug shots posted to Facebook. Other communities are posting the photos on government websites. The idea is that the public embarrassment of having a DUI arrest publicized with drunk driving pictures would lead people to think twice about driving drunk.
Misdemeanor and Felony Drunk Driving
Misdemeanor DUI is generally the more typical result of a drunk driving conviction. A first or second drunk driving conviction in which no accident injures or kills anybody may result in such a misdemeanor. The penalties are usually jail time, driver's license suspension, fines, ignition interlock, alcohol or drug counseling and other penalties, depending on the state where the conviction takes place.
A more severe DUI conviction is the felony DUI. A felony is typically handed out in cases of repeat drunk driving convictions, or cases in which a DUI crash causes injury or death. In some states there are felony drunk driving charges if the incident occurs with children in the car or the blood alcohol content is particularly high.
A felony DUI can lead to longer prison sentences and higher fines to go along with the other penalties mentioned.
In some places, this practice has been disputed by those who think that putting up drunk driving pictures is a violation of privacy.