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Would someone arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles be less likely to offend again if he/she had to go to the morgue to see someone killed by a DUI driver?dui-morgue-los-angeles

In an article that appeared in Slade Magazine’s April 2016 issue, writer Hannah Waters reported on a program in Orange County, California, that allows a judge to order a DUI offender to visit the morgue. The program, which started in the late 1980s, reports that fewer than two percent of the drivers who participate face DUI charges again within 18 months. The National Highway Safety Administration, on the other hand, estimates that the national recidivism rate for DUI offenses is about 30 percent.

Waters spoke to a forensic psychologist about the program, who said that such programs could help offenders understand that they have caused (or could have caused) real harm. Seeing a DUI victim in the morgue could also help an offender empathize with the victim, so they remember the possible consequences the next time he or she considers driving after drinking.

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Drivers convicted of a Los Angeles DUI may fear the consequences if they’re picked up a second or third time for driving under the influence and/or for causing an accident. Under the California Vehicle Code 23550, repeat DUI offenders could end up spending up to a year in jail and paying a fine of up to $1,000. If they severely injure or kill someone, the penalties are much more severe; under California Penal Code 191.5 a driver convicted of DUI with gross negligence could face up to 10 years in jail.JoshuaDanielTaylor-DUI

Joshua Daniel Taylor could be looking at that sentence if he ends up standing trial for the death of 38-year-old Rocio Leamon on August 13th. The mother of three was trying to safely cross a road in the Lake Murray/San Carolos area. She had done the right thing, pushing the signal button and waiting for the pedestrian signal before stepping into the roadway. Continue reading

Thirty eight-year-old Haitham Gamal died on April 29th in a Southern California DUI accident, according to the Orange County register. Gamal had literally just pled guilty to a 2013 DUI charge at the Orange County Superior Court the previous day. He was “on the road to recovery,” according to his attorney. “He was doing the right, and somebody hit him that had been drinking.”bicycle-dui-accident-los-angeles

Authorities say that a 19-year-old man in an Acura hit Gamal and flipped him over. Both the 19-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger went to the hospital with injuries.

Gamal had been sentenced to 45 days behind bars as well as 5 years of probation the day before he was killed. The court allowed him to wait at home for a few months before he served his time. Gamal pled guilty to three DUIs – one in 2005, one in 2009 and one in 2013. He also pled guilty to a 2012 charge of misdemeanor public intoxication.

Sadly, he leaves behind young children and a wife. The tragic irony that a DUI driver took his life has not been lost on the popular press. But what you can learn from this awful news, if you or someone you love was recently arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles?

First off, appreciate that recovering from a DUI charge is no small task; it’s neither simple, nor easy to get effective help with things like addiction to fix core problems in your life caused or perpetuated by the DUI.

However, just because simple/easy solutions do not exist does not mean that you can’t move past what has happened to you, understand your habits and behaviors, and turn over a new leaf.

To make effective progress, find a Los Angeles DUI defense attorney who has the skill, track record, connections and resources to represent you adequately. Attorney Michael Kraut of the Kraut Criminal & DUI Lawyers is a regular DUI commentator for Good Morning America, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and KTLA. He is a Harvard Law School educated former prosecutor who maintains great relationships with his former colleagues. Continue reading

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