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The joking culture of celebrities about DUIs hurts everyone

In recent years, it has become increasingly popular for celebrities to poke fun or make light of their drunk driving incidents. For example, the Kardashians joked about Khloe's DUI arrest after her sister's husband was arrested for a DUI. Lindsay Lohan mocked her DUI arrest in an appearance on "Saturday Night Live." Celebrities go on talk shows and discuss this crime in such a candid and joking fashion that it normalizes the behavior. It may make people think that drunk driving is okay, even though deep down they know it's actually illegal.

Celebrities are public figures, and as such people will look up to them -- even if they really shouldn't. That's what makes this recent trend of joking about drunk driving so troubling. Even more troubling is the fact that these celebrities wield the power to make these charges disappear, or to at least serve very minimal penalties. Neither of these outcomes are common for most people accused or convicted of a DUI.

Drunk driving is a very serious crime, and the people who are accused of it need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent them during proceedings. There are very real consequences that come with a DUI conviction, and then there are other indirect consequences of DUIs. Your personal relationships may become strained; your professional relationships may disappear; and the fines, penalties and other financial elements to your case can create a tough situation for the accused or the convicted.

We shouldn't be viewing drunk driving through a joking prism. These are serious incidents that require serious attention.

Source: FOX News, "Experts: Celebrities who glorify drunk driving make streets more dangerous," Hollie McKay, June 5, 2014

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