Is 30 Days in Jail Fair?
Donte Stallworth pleaded guilty to driving drunk and killing Mario Reyes, 59, who was rushing to catch a bus across a Miami causeway early one morning in March. Stallworth’s blood-alcohol level was 50% over Florida’s legal limit. He was also driving 50 mph in a 40 mph zone.
The punishment for DUI manslaughter was 30 days in jail. And after his release from jail, he must serve two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation…
Wait a minute… 30 days in jail!?
Stallworth reached a financial settlement with the family. But even a remorseful drunken driver with stellar character and deep pockets deserves a punishment that is something more than a slap on the wrist.
This sends the wrong message.
It is not OK to drink and drive. It it is not OK to buy yourself out of 10 years in prison.
Criminal defense attorney Roy Black said the following: “If you cannot afford to settle the civil case and help out the family you have damaged, then you are going to get a longer sentence. That’s unfortunate, but it’s a fact of life”.
May be. But is it the legal system we want?