We are approaching what many people feel is the official start of the long holiday season in the U.S. It begins with Halloween on Oct. 31. Tradition calls for children to mark Halloween night by dressing in costumes and going door to door for treats. Some news outlets choose this moment to provide information about certain convicted sex offenders registered with authorities as living around Saddle Brook.
People convicted of crimes face possible prison time when convicted of a crime. Companies can face criminal charges, as well. While a company won't go to jail, consequences of conviction can result in serious penalties that scuttle business potential now and perhaps permanently.
No matter the circumstances behind your drunk driving arrest, or how strong the evidence is against you, it's always wise to fight the charges rather than bury your head in the sand and hope for the best. Doing so only hands the prosecution an easy conviction, and it's unlikely that falling to put up a fight will compel the judge to "go easy" on your sentencing.
The ball and chain image enjoys a long history in U.S. iconography. It can mean many things. In the context of criminal law, it tends to serve as a visual cue that the person wearing it stands convicted of some charge. For the person it's attached to, it is a burden that can't be shed.
It's only natural to assume that if someone is charged with drunk driving, both their short-and long-term futures are damaged. This common perception is perpetually reinforced by the celebrity mugshots and daily media coverage that DUIs and DWIs receive. These individuals are portrayed as problematic citizens who deserve to be punished for their transgression.