Drunk driving is one of the strangest crimes, according to many judges who routinely weigh drunk driving criminal cases and civil lawsuits involving people who were injured. The reason they often comment during sentencing or verdict that it is a strange or unique crime is that is a crime that people don’t think about as a crime, even though it can, and often does, result in a death of an innocent person.
For example, most people who are living in Boston, fresh out of college, working as an intern or were fortunate to land a good job would never dream of stealing a candy bar from the corner store. This is understandable, as they have no reason to steal anything and are worried about the consequences if they did. If they were caught, they would be charged with a misdemeanor that would probably get dismissed, as it was a first offense under what the law in the Commonwealth, calls a CWOF. CWOF is short for continued without a finding. Basically, defendant pleads guilty, but the judge doesn’t enter a finding of guilty. If the person does community service and pays a fine, the case will be dismissed, and the defendant can truthfully say he or she was never convicted. Continue reading