Legislators have thought of many ways to punish DUI drivers to keep them from harming themselves and others. A frequent tactic is to deny them the right to drive by suspending their license. In Oklahoma, one legislator has proposed a bill that seems like a throwback to the days of Prohibition.
The law would allow courts to require people convicted of DUI to abstain from drinking alcohol for a court-ordered period of time. Those who sold or provided alcohol to people ordered to abstain would be charged with a felony and face a $1000 fine or 1 year in prison.
However, people are already fighting back against the bill due to its overly-broad nature. One defense attorney says that it could easily be challenged on religious grounds the way that it is written. There is also no provision for restaurants that cook with alcohol. Other complaints say that the law is practically unenforceable and archaic, comparing it to the old scarlet letter punishment from the famous novel.
Whether you agree or disagree with such laws, people charged with DUI still have the right to be defended in court by competent council. If you’ve been charged with DUI in the state of Pennsylvania, call the law office of Stephen Kellis for a free consultation about your case.