DWI penalties should be consistent, tougher

March 5, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

My daughter, unfortunately, accumulated three DWIs some years ago, and a diligent district attorney in Jefferson County (Beaumont) promptly sent her to prison for four years, citing the law that three DWI convictions within a 10-year period automatically meant prison time.

Apparently, the law has changed, because an attorney with the district attorney's office could not say how many DWI convictions an individual could acquire before going to prison. This explains how a 23-year-old, Christopher Cordil-Cortinas, with three DWI convictions and a probation violation confinement (released Feb. 26) started drinking again and ran a red light early in the morning of Feb. 27, killing a 43-year-old grandmother at the Houston Highway, and Ben Wilson Street intersection near Walgreens and Wendy's.

Perhaps if we adopted Jefferson County's rule of three DWI convictions in 10 years and go to prison (not local jail), then we might hurt liquor sales and also allow innocent victims to live full and productive lives to enjoy their children and grandchildren.

Doyal W. Horadam, Victoria



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