When do you draw the line?
I read this article and it made me seriously concerned when I read it. I found this article in the Sun Sentinel…
Sun Sentinel, FL A man convicted six times of driving under the influence was charged with a seventh DUI offense, court officials said Tuesday.
Joseph Cascioli, 51, whose address was described as "at large" in Pompano Beach in a Broward Sheriff deputy's report, was arrested Monday outside the Briny Pub, 3440 E. Atlantic Blvd.
Cascioli was charged with having a third DUI offense within 10 years; driving on a permanently revoked driver's license; corruption by threat to a judge, resisting an officer without violence and DUI breath alcohol content greater than .15 after the 10:45 p.m. incident.
Cascioli kicked out a window frame of a patrol car door, an estimated $300 expense that also led to a criminal mischief charge, the deputy's report states.
In first appearance court Tuesday, Broward Judge John "Jay" Hurley ordered a $128,100 bond for Cascioli, who was still in jail as of 6 p.m. "The court believes you represent an extreme danger to the people of Broward County," Hurley said.
In 2003, Cascioli began a 20-month sentence in state prison for a third felony DUI conviction, followed by probation. Assistant State Attorney Melissa Steinberg prosecuted Cascioli in that case, which she said was won without his performing a breath test. Repeat offenders know that not having breath test results makes it more difficult for prosecutors to prove cases, she said. But, she said, the state legislature has steadily increased penalties and passed the "refusal statute."
"Now if you have previously refused a breath test, and are charged again and refuse, that's another crime the person is charged with," Steinberg said. Cascioli "is not legally able to drive," Steinberg said. "He doesn't have a driver's license anymore. He can't register a car in his name. His privilege was permanently revoked."
As my teenage daughter would say "Really!" "When do you draw the line" with these types of offenders, who constantly break the law. Do you wait until there is serious personal injury or worst case scenario a fatality???
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