Mental Health and DUIs – The Real Tragedy.April 9th, 2011 at 5:17
In a Seattle Times post, one man is alleged to have racked up 18 reckless and alcohol related driving convictions. For the article, check out: http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/mobile/?type=story&id=2014715388&
The number of alcohol related violations may sound astounding, and believe me, it is astounding. However, the real issue is offhandedly addressed in the article. The accused driver, according to his family, is a Vietnam Vet and suffers from mental health issues.
It is easy to say that this man has no place in society and must be locked up to avoid killing others. That is one argument. On the other hand, there is much more going on with this man. Clearly he suffers from chemical dependency and mental health issues.
Look, anyone who drinks and drives can get a DUI. Honestly, it is much harder to get two DUIs. I have dealt with many people with mental health issues who often will accumulate multiple DUIs. My personal policy is to address the mental health issues with clients and seek help so they can break the damaging cycle for themselves and for society.
Visit my website at www.washington-dui.com if you have any questions about your DUI case. If you know of a loved-one who is been accused of a DUI, and they are not represented by counsel, please don’t hesitate to call my office at (425) 422-5818 for help.