A former MADD chapter president was arrested on serious DUI charges in Florida on February 18, 2011. In some ways this is hard to believe but in others, it's not hard at all. The details of the arrest are here.
The thing about these self righteous, self glorified MADD folks is they think they walk on water. They believe they are somehow different then every other living person on this planet. Well here is a news flash, you are not different then the rest of us. You are human, you make mistakes and hopefully you try to rectify your mistakes like other humans and if you are lucky, maybe you won't be judged like you go around judging others every day.
You see when DUI lawyers are in court, it is our job to help defendants come to terms with the mistakes they have made regarding drinking and driving. The overwhelming majority of the folks are good people, with good jobs and good family life. Most are first time offenders. However, when we go to court to help these good people, many time we are met with judgmental members of MADD sitting in the court room, judging these folks as being bad people. MADD folks are in court trying to make defendants feel bad and trying to apply pressure to the real judge in the room in order to provoke a bad outcome for the defendant.
As a result of ongoing MADD presence and endless MADD diatribe in the news, DUI defendants, victims of an ambiguous legal system, can get a bad rap. Fortunately, many judges see this MADD CRAP and do the right thing despite their bullshit. Unfortunately, there are some judges and even some prosecutors that this lawyer deals with have lost their way and judge people way to harshly, essentially throwing rocks when they themselves live in glass houses. I was surprised to hear from my law enforcement friends that in some of the harshest jurisdictions in Maryland, the same judges that will not hesitate to screw a DUI defendant as hard as possible are the same judges that receive a ride home from law enforcement when they are stopped for drinking and driving. But I digress. . .
The point of this article is that it is not hard to believe that Debra Oberlin, a former president of MADD was arrested for DUI because she is human and humans do in fact make mistakes, get over MADD, find something else to do with your time other then harass good people!
The thing that is hard to understand is that this booze hound was allegedly arrested with a .23 BAC. The state imposed limit, thanks in large part to MADD is .08. This is an ambiguous and arbitrary number for reasons I will discuss in another article, but a .23 while 3 times the legal limit is in fact a staggering number. This MADD president was stinking drunk and operating a death machine! This is the hard part to comprehend. This is the height of hypocrisy! The difference is, when a defendant is stopped and blows a .08 or something in that general area, that is one thing. The person may not even be impaired at that number. Years ago, the law did not think you were impaired at that number but as time passed and MADD has received significant Federal funding, all of sudden people are impaired at that number.
Make no mistake, at a .23 a person is bombed and is an extreme threat to herself and others on the roadway. Of all people on this planet, this former MADD president knew better, she undoubtedly sat in court and terrorized her fellow citizens, sitting in judgment of their behavior and now she will learn that she is human. She will sit terrorized in court while a judge determines what to do with here. Maybe the stars in heaven will be in line that day and a MADD henchman will be in court to terrorize here while she attempts to ask a judge for leniency for this insane behavior. I only wish I was her judge on that day, she would be wanting to bring her toothbrush with her.