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Unexpected Consequences of a DWI

The horrific accident on the Taconic Parkway involving the Schuler family and the Bastardi family that took the lives of the 8 people should be a lesson to all of us. Ignoring the warning signs of the trouble will lead to tragic consequences and potential criminal culpability. If it can be shown that someone provided Diane Schuler with alcohol and/or drugs with the knowledge of her apparent alcohol and marijuana issues, they could conceivably be prosecuted for reckless endangerment or endangering the welfare of a child. While this type of prosecution might be difficult and tenuous, the publicity surrounding this case and the visceral feelings of public rage may result in an unusual prosecution.

Further, this is the kind of case that can create new laws and not necessarily ones that are ultimately beneficial. There’s an old saying “bad facts make bad law”. There could be no more “bad facts” than there are in the Taconic tragedy and, therefore, the real possibility of making “bad law”.

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