While attorney Jacqueline Goodman knows that driving under the influence is a very serious offense, she also believes that those convicted of this crime should be treated fairly by the courts. Accompanied by her California Attorneys for Criminal Justice delegation, she recently lobbied lawmakers in Sacramento to reconsider proposed changes regarding restricted licensing and ignition interlock devices. These changes could prevent drivers with DUI convictions from accessing reliable transportation for work and other urgent matters.
According to the existing Senate Bill 545 - DUI Restricted License, drivers can be issued a restricted license if they meet certain criteria. This includes allowing an ignition interlock device to be installed on their vehicle. These devices require a person to submit a breathalyzer before being able to start the vehicle, which is supposed to act as a deterrent to future DUIs. Restricted licenses are beneficial since they allow a person to retain some driving privileges while others will remain suspended.
If these changes are implemented, first-time offenders would no longer be privy to the restricted license privilege. Instead, the ignition interlock device would be installed and first-time offenders would be subject to the same punishments that apply to those with multiple offenses or to those drivers that caused injuries to others while driving under the influence.
Attorney Goodman understands the importance of preventing DUIs from taking place. However, she feels these changes are too harsh on first-time offenders and fail to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure a person can receive punishment without being prohibited from pursuing gainful employment. Contact her firm today to schedule a consultation so you can receive a skilled and passionate criminal defense.