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Are DWI Penalties Too Harsh? Or Too Lenient?

In this episode we discussed whether the Driving While Intoxicated laws in New York are too harsh or too lenient.

Mirna argued that society has an interest in making sure that our laws do not get too draconian.  The punishment must fit the crime and depriving someone of their license for up to a year and fining them thousands of dollars is too a punishment.  The standard is "innocent until proven guilty"; yet the DWI laws presume guilt and one has to show their innocence, which is often impossible to prove.

Adeline argued that people who drive under the influence do not deserve any sympathy or leniency.  The purpose of the laws is to discourage them from driving while intoxicated and if the way to do that is by imposing harsh penalties, so be it.  Society's interest is protecting the citizens who are NOT breaking the law.

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1 Comment to Are DWI Penalties Too Harsh? Or Too Lenient?:

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Click to read more on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:50 AM
I think that they are just fine. DWI has serious repercussions especially when a life is lost because the driver got into an accident due to intoxication.
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