Thanksgiving should always be a time for happiness and coming together with friends and family to celebrate. Unfortunately, many people party far too hard over the long weekend, leading to a spike in fatal accidents and DUI arrests.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the country place a strong emphasis on curtailing drunk driving. It is no different in Pennsylvania. Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol is making a dangerous choice, both from the perspective of a potential arrest and from the perspective of causing a serious car accident. No one condones drunk driving.
Drunk driving is one of the most common criminal charges in the United States. Each year hundreds of thousands of people are charged with drunk driving throughout the country. But, that doesn't mean that every case of an arrest for drunk driving will result in a conviction.
There are millions of Americans who are currently under court supervision through a probation department due to a criminal conviction. Probation supervision allows those who have been convicted of a crime to, in essence, serve the sentence for that crime while remaining in the community. Criminal justice policy makers have recognized that not all people who are convicted for a crime need to serve time in prison.
As a college student, you have already encountered many new life experiences, and there are more to come. That also means there will be some mistakes. Most people accept that college students should have the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. Unfortunately, the law in Pennsylvania still regards some supposedly "harmless" mistakes as deserving of harsh punishment.