A friend of mine will get at least 30 days in jail for driving without a licence

United States
February 5, 2007 9:05pm CST
My friend's licence was suspended for a year for driving under the influence of alcohol. He continued to drive to work without a licence and was caught. He is now facing a minimum 30 days in jail. His court date is on February 20, and he does not have the money to hire an attorney. Needless to say, he is very scared because he has no clue what to expect ones he is incarciated. Does any one know anything about the workings of Kitchener prisons? Should he be scared? And how should he prepare himself for it? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Barbara from Las Vegas
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40 responses
• United States
6 Feb 07
I think he should be scared. He was playing the system driving without a license and he finally got caught. I hope that this teaches him a lesson.
• Australia
6 Feb 07
Wow thats harsh punishment over there, here in Australia, your most likely to get a slap on the wrist..
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• United States
6 Feb 07
The loss of the license is a slap on the wrist. He should've got jail time for drunk driving.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
You think that is harsh punishment? What about the punishment to the legal drivers who where hurt, disabled, or killed because of morons like them or the families and friends that now have to take care of or go with out that person? That is harsh punishment
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• United States
6 Feb 07
My bestfriend was killed at the young age of 17 years by a drunk driver. Hit so hard she flew through the windshielf of the car & she had her seat belt on. 4 girls in the car & only 1 survived! I could careless what happens to your friend...sadly I think your friend is just not too bright. He was drinking and driving and without a license...not bright at all. Id say its a darn good thing he didnt get into any accidents or anything that could have killed somebody! he should be thanking god at this moment in time if all he gets is 30 freaking days in a county jail. he wont go to PRISON for driving without a license if anything he will get a fine & maybe have a license held for a few years community service or whatever but seriously an idiot like that should not be alloed to driver anymore that was just stupid of him to put other peoples lives in danger. His own life is his own thing but not when he is driving on public streets!
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• Australia
6 Feb 07
Loss of licence is the likely outcome, but who will enforce it? Apparently he thinks nothing of breaking the law.
• United States
6 Feb 07
I'm going on a rant here. Why should anyone want to help him? He broke the law once, got caught. Then he continued to break the law and got caught again. Sheesh why should anyone really be responding to this topic? You wanted a suggestion though. here is one for him. Pray he doesn't get a cell mate that had his family killed by a drunk driver.
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@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
6 Feb 07
What will it take for people to stop drinking and driving? Everyone knows by now it is illegal, so why do people still do it? Then to make matters worse, he continued to drive without a license. That doesn't sound like he was scared when he did those things. Sorry but if this is what it takes for him to learn, then be it.
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• Australia
6 Feb 07
I do hope you are not asking for sympathy for your friend. He was a drunk driver. He could have killed someone - or some people, including children - or committed one or more to a lifetime as a paraplegic or even worse. As if that wasn't lesson enough, he flaunted the law by driving unlicenced. I'm sorry. Your friend needs help, but not the type of help you are requesting.
• United States
6 Feb 07
I think your stupid friend should be stood in the middle of the street and run down by a drunk driver. There is nothing fun about being hit by a drunk driver. After the accident dragonrider13 told you about. I had to lay in a hospital gurney for hours until my mom was able to get to the hospital so that the doctors had the ok to even look at me. Thank GOD I walked away with only a severe case of whip lash and the only thing I lost out on was a week of school and one of the most important competions of my high school career, you know the things I enjoy but hey as long as the drunk drivers have a good night and dont get hurt when they injure or kill someone else. I am also from Vegas and being that I know you see how bad the problem is and that you even have the nerve to ask for help for someone who is guilty of that crime. Oh by the way when WE got involved with the insurance they had no idea about the accident because the jerk was so drunk that he had no idea that he even was involved in an accident. So you tell me what you think I suggest to help your friend!
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@vkkesu (78)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I knew someone who hit and killed someone after a party. He was drunk, didn't even know it. He did no time as far as I knew because the evidence was so slight (everyone was drunk at the party) and it was the next day before they found the body in the driveway. I believe this person still drinks and probably drives. He should have been put away for LIFE! Maybe if he had paid for this a long time ago, he would have learned from his ways. I've never been friends with him and never will be. I have even lost contact with my friend who married him. When people get away with this they do it again, and again. It's called REPEAT OFFENDERS! LOOK IT UP!
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• United States
6 Feb 07
He should be scared of te unknown, but at the same time he should man up and face the music. No reason to hire an attorney here because they will just end up trying to drag it out for as long as possible in turn draining you of as much money as possible. No one wants to go to jail, but at the same time no one wants to obey the law either. I am sorry to say but it will be time well served for him to gather his thoughts and learn a couple of lessons from this.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I hope that your friend learns his lesson. Sadly man people don't. I think that when someone drives drunk, they should go to jail for attempted manslaughter as someone else had mentioned. I don't have any sympathy for your friend or anyone else for that matter that drives drunk. Everyone knows that is is wrong these days. Not only did your friend know it was wrong to drive drunk, but he/she also knew that driving with no license is wrong too. So that is two wrongs. I hope that he is miserble in jail. We all hear about the dangers of drunk driving all of the time.
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@sharon613 (2324)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Your friend would get an attorney appointed by the court if he can't afford one. I'm glad you posted this. Last week after dropping my hubby off at work a cop pulled me over on account of having my brights on too high. When he came back with my licence, he had told me it was suspended and kept it. I was very lucky he didn't throw me in jail. He just had me drove back home which is a 2 and a half hour drive from where I was stopped. Meantime, when I tried resolving the problem. I found out New york revoked my licence today for being in an accident over 3 years ago and driving with no insurance. Now I have to folk over $750 to pay up New Yorks DMV and once that's cleared up, I have to folk over another $150 to Floridas DMV. I was also thinking of taking a chance like your friend after hearing this no way. Especially when me and my family are about to move to Israel this summer.
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@maria_k (925)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I don't know the answer actually. I've never been in jail. I would think just pray god for protection. What else can we do in this situation?
@shywolf (4522)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I feel badly for your friend, but since he continued to do wrong things when he knew that what he was doing was illegal, I really understand what others are saying in this topic that they can't really feel sympathy for him, especially because of his drunk driving :( But I really hope that your friend is okay. I hate to think of him scared and having no way to afford a lawyer.
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@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Punishment will totally depend upon his age. The important thing is whether he learned a lesson about driving under the influence or not. He could have petitioned the court for a waiver to drive to work and back only. One of the girls where I work had one of those. I am unsure what reason she lost her license for. There is also a device like a breathalyzer that they can install in the car where the ignition won't work if he has been drinking. I seriously doubt that he will get that much jail time if this is a first offense.
@Casshern (100)
• Indonesia
6 Feb 07
very scared @ prison but not scared when he breaking the rules heuheuheue... make me laugh.... well amn got 2 do what 2 do... he must take a responsible on what he did..... that's all
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• United States
6 Feb 07
This sort of thing seems to happen all the time. I wish him luck and hopefully he will change his ways.. Good luck
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@uncutbox (14)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Can you say "boy toy"? I think that's what your friend should expect. I guess if it's a local jail and not a state or federal prison then that might be different but I'd expect some man love.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
It is really very serious offence but I did not know that it may also be liable to go to jail for a month.we all have to be very careful and never attempt any such practice.Has your friend learn any lession now?
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@peni88 (469)
• United States
6 Feb 07
he wont get any sympathy from me either. your friend should have known what would happen to him the minute he put the drink in his hand and made the dicision to drive. and did he think that prison was going to be like a country club? prison is jail, youre stripped of your rights. as for him being scared, tell him to think about the lady that posted here about her kids getting hit by a drunk driver just sitting at a red light.
• India
6 Feb 07
Your friend did wrong so, he is paying for that. If he understand his fault and make promise to himself that he will not do it again, then he not need to scare. He should pray to God and hope for best.
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@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
6 Feb 07
I'm sorry, I can't have any sympathy for him. He should be scared. I hope he's scared enough not to do that again. It's bad enough he was caught for DUI, but, when you drive with a suspended license, it's like he was laughing at the punishment. He's just lucky he didn't kill himself or someone else why he was driving drunk.
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