In order to understand how the criminal system looks at DUI cases, it might be helpful to see how the system trains DUI enforcement officers through the police academy. How does the criminal justice system handle DUI cases? It starts with the arrest and stop by police.
From the moment that you are stopped and the police have any indication that you might have been operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the police are taught that any hypothetical future tragedy would be attributed to them. In other words, police think, “I’m not sure if this guy is intoxicated, but if I let him drive off, and he gets into a wreck, it will show my judgment is poor, and I’ll probably get fired.”
Police see horrible crashes all the time, and they would honestly hate to see anyone get injured because they decided to let one particular person go. They just don’t know who will end up being in a DUI with accident, and who will get home safely. The safe thing for them to do is to let the court system decide, and leave it up to the court.
In other words, a police officer will never, ever, get in trouble for arresting someone, as long as there is some suspicion that the person was driving under the influence. But they could get in bigger trouble for not arresting someone that was DUI.
Most police officers have invested a lot of time and effort to become an officer. They have to pass the psychological and physical fitness tests, have to compete with other officers, and have to graduate the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy here in Orange County (or an equivalent elsewhere), to even be considered to be hired by local law enforcement. They are trained in DUI detection, and in field sobriety testing. They are trained in blood testing, or trained in breath testing. They are trusted to carry guns, drive fast, and get bad guys off the street. They don’t want to lose their jobs with the Irvine Police Department, or elsewhere.
They will never, ever, get in trouble if they arrest you. In fact, considering that MADD honors police officers here in Orange County that have the most arrests for DUI in Orange County, they might be honored by arresting more people, even if those didn’t turn into actual convictions.
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