Drunk driving is premeditated murder

A billionaire family’s scion has been sentenced to ten years in jail for drunk driving and wiping out a family in the process.

That’s a good outcome, considering the circumstances, because the family in question can never be made whole ever again.

But one thing I cannot and will not agree with:

“Ten years is a significant amount of time for an offender where the mental intent, the mental requirement to seek to kill someone, doesn’t exist,” said Antonietta Raviele, a former assistant Crown attorney.

When you are drunk and still decide to get behind the wheel, you do form mens rea, because you accept the consequences – any consequences – of your dangerous actions.

In other words, killing someone while under the influence of any substance ought to be considered premeditated, first-degree, murder, and the proper sentence ought to be life.


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