Jail time for stupidity: I find it exceedingly difficult to muster up sympathy for the "One-Drink Wonder."

Here's a woman who had dental surgery, popped a prescription painkiller, sipped a mimosa, and then drove around with her kid in the car! At the very least, didn't her dentist tell her not to drink? Everyone knows that anesthesia and alcohol don't mix!

Granted, Steven Ceballes should've minded his own business — if there's one thing more despicable than a goody two-shoes, it's a goody two-shoes snitch. But the One-Drink Wonder deserved to be locked up for stupidity, if for nothing else. She has nothing to complain about except her own bad judgment.
Alexander V. Areno, Surprise

Getting out of Dodge: Regarding the Shannon Wilcutt story, all this city cares about is putting you through hell for the smallest thing and taking all of your hard-earned money. I'm moving!
Randy Jones, via the Internet

Hard lesson: I was arrested for DUI 41/2 years ago. I was guilty, and have no complaints about the price I paid for my crime, which included a $1,200 fine, $75 a month for a breathalyzer in my car for a year, 10 days in Tent City, $5,000 in attorney fees, $400 in substance-abuse classes, and an increase of $1,200 per year for auto insurance.

Since then, I have not and will not drink and drive; not only because of the price I paid but because I realize how truly dangerous it is. I deserved my punishment. But while in "the system," I learned a few things most people do not know.

One is that field-sobriety testing is not pass/fail. Police administer the tests for evidence-gathering purposes. If you think that after performing these tests at optimum levels a police officer is going to release you, guess again.

Once an officer has administered the test, you will be taken for a breathalyzer or blood test. Field-sobriety testing is done to create evidence that can be used against you later. The tests are so ambiguous that results can be easily spun as a prosecutor sees fit. Even a completely sober person may not perform well.

If you are guilty (you know when you are) and it's a straight DUI with no accident or injury involved, it's a waste of money to hire an attorney. Just allow the system to process you, because that is what will happen anyway. An attorney can't help you.

I find it interesting that the bill to increase penalties for DUI and the bill to extend last call for alcohol to 2 a.m. were passed and put into effect within a month of each other. Gee, funny how the same groups were backing both bills.

I'm glad New Times published this story, if only because most people are afraid of being labeled "baby-killers" if they point out injustices. Go ahead and call me that; at least I'm not lobbying for laws that deliberately set people up for DUI so I can make money under the guise of saving babies.
Christine Cokely, via the Internet

Sense a common theme here?: Your article really hit home with me. I also was pointed out [to police] by a citizen. The person claimed that I almost hit him and was swerving. He followed me to the grocery store and called the police.

He told the officer that I'd stumbled into the store. He pointed me out when I left approximately five minutes later. The cop followed me and pulled me over for a wide turn.

Long story short: I'd had two beers with dinner. I had just had my right ankle out of a cast because it needed to be fused. It was very sore, making it hard to walk. I have MS, and it was messing with me. I told the cop that I always sway because of the illness. I had taken an Ambien and admitted that.

I was charged with DUI. My blood-alcohol level was 0.04. My case was reduced to reckless driving. I've had to go through classes, a MADD meeting, and undergo drug and alcohol evaluation. I've paid $5,000 in fines and attorney fees, plus tax dollars to pay for the judge, cop and prosecutor.

Thank you for your article. It really hit home with me. Guess the city has to raise money somehow.
Patrick Trujillo, via the Internet

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michael radosevich
michael radosevich

greetings: have known donald w. harris for thirty years, practiced law in the office for ten years, served as a volunteer as the campaign financial reporter from july to december 2004. the undersigned passed the arizona bar exam 1993 and uniform certified public accountants exam 2003.

know people that serve or served maricopa county attorney's office from 1971 to 2007. relative to the individual 'elected' in 2004, it is hoped phx new times ad revenues are at a climax. unfortuanately it is beyond hyperbole, the county has and will continue to disburse dearly for disservice rendered by a-hole.

hope all is well. please have fun, take care, and be safe.

respectfully yours,michaelradosevich

 
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