By now, readers of this blog should realize that a DUI is nothing but trouble from start to finish. Lawmakers want to prevent people from driving while drunk and putting other people at risk, so they punish drunk driving very severely. Naturally, it follows that each drunk driving offense after the first poses even more problems and consequences for the defendant than did the first instance because government officials want the individual to get the message that his or her behavior needs to stop. After a recent drunk driving arrest, a Texas man now finds himself on the receiving end of exactly that message.

In 2005, the man was involved in a drunk-driving accident in Santa Teresa, Texas, that killed his passenger. He was 17 at the time. The man, an El Paso resident, was sentenced to probation, but never completed the program.

The man was pulled over in Las Cruces, New Mexico, this summer for speeding. During the traffic stop, the officer noticed the man's eyes were watery and bloodshot and that he smelled strongly of alcohol. The man admitted to having had some alcoholic drinks before driving and then failed to pass a few field sobriety tests.

The district attorney said she thinks the man needs to be "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law" because, as she sees it, he wasted a chance to turn his life around and failed to take advantage of it by not completing his probation.

As you can see, if law enforcement authorities do not play games with a first drunk-driving offense, they are even more severe with subsequent offenses. This is one of the many reasons why many people accused of DUI choose to work with attorneys to help them fight the charges against them.

Source: The Las Cruces Sun-News, "Man convicted in fatal car crash faces new charges," Ashley Meeks, Sept. 14, 2011.