A common assumption to make about those who are arrested for driving under the influence in Portland is that they are reckless and irresponsible and have little regard for the safety of others. Yet what is often overlooked in the scenarios are the motivations which may have prompted one to get behind the wheel after drinking in the first place. In some cases, they may have felt lucid enough to safely drive themselves home. In others, the decision to drive drunk might be indicative of an issue one may have with alcoholism. In any event, a rush to judgment over a person’s character due to a single alleged decision should be avoided. 

Oftentimes, such scrutiny can paint a person in a bad light before they are even allowed to answer for their actions. That hopefully is avoided in the case of a young woman after she was arrested for drunk driving following an accident with a police car in Medford. She reportedly rear-ended the other vehicle, causing minor injuries to the patrolman inside that required him being taken to a local hospital. She managed to escape injury, yet is now facing multiple criminal charges on top of those for driving under the influence. 

Those who have been accused of drunk driving may be in need of assistance to help ensure that such incidents do not occur again. While the temptation may be there to throw the proverbial book at them (especially in cases such as this where another person is injured), that should be remembered and a person’s rights respected even as they face criminal charges. An experienced defense attorney may help to ensure that happens.