DUI, Drunk Driving Arrest Consequences
DUI-DWI Convictions Can Happen to Anyone, Even Our Leaders
By age 40, about 20% of all males in the USA have received a DUI conviction. Of course, some men have received MORE than their allotted share, such as Vice President Richard (Dick) Cheney. Here are copies of President Bush's 1976 DUI in Maine, followed by Cheney's DUI records of two back-to-back DUI's in Wyoming.
Canada Would Ban Bush - But There Are Loopholes By Rebecca Cooper (ABC News)
W A S H I N G T O N, Nov. 3 - Even if George W. Bush is elected president, he may need special permission to get into Canada because of his arrest for drunken driving.
Republican candidate for president acknowledged for the first time on
Thursday that he was arrested for driving under the influence on Labor
Day weekend in 1976, near his family home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
According to Canada's Criminal Code, Bush is
deemed an "inadmissible" person, in violation of Section 19 (2) (a.1)
of the Immigration Act of Canada.
In other words, he has committed a crime considered
an indictable offense in Canada, and, because of that he
Luckily for Bush, if he is elected president of the United States Nov.
7 and is invited to any gatherings of heads of state in Canada, since
his offense is more than five years old, there are ways for him to gain
entry without breaking federal law.
"He is going to have to go through what's called
the rehabilitation process. The rehab takes a while and it would be somewhat
demeaning for a president of the United States. He would have to go through
a series of steps, including getting letters from friends saying he has
cleaned up his act. If he wanted to come to Canada before completing the
lengthy rehab process, he would need the permission of a senior immigration
official," immigration lawyer Colin R. Singer tells ABCNEWS.
Has He Reformed?
According to a "rehab check list" compiled by the Canadian law firm of
Larson, Bryson & Boulton, the Canadian government considers several
factors when determining whether a person wanting entry to Canada has
truly rehabilitated themselves from their criminal offense and deserves
entry, including: acceptance of responsibility for the offense; evidence
of remorse; evidence of a change in lifestyle; and, evidence of stability
in employment and family life.
If Bush wants to avoid any appearance of favoritism
and skip the special waiver from a senior official, it is possible to
speed up the rehab process by just paying a hefty "processing fee" at
And a lot of Americans with DUIs on their records
manage to get in to Canada without border computers catching their previous
offense and without admitting to their criminal records.
Of course Singer doesn't recommend that approach
"If Bush comes to Canada or has ever been to
Canada since his conviction and hides the fact that he has a prior conviction
- no matter how far back - he could be excluded from Canada permanently
and never allowed to return."
Canadian immigration experts say the law affects numerous Americans seeking
entry to Canada every month, usually when computer checks do catch the
There's even information on a Canadian fishing
Web site explaining to visiting anglers how to cross into Canada with
an old DUI charge. And according to Singer, "This affects professionals
in the sports and entertainment industries more often than people think."
Gore and Clinton
Canadian attorney Darryl Larson maintains Bush has some notable company
in the "inadmissible" category, contending that Canadian law bans both
President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
"If you admit to having smoked marijuana," Larson
explains, "You have admitted to an unlawful act. That would allow reasonable
grounds for our immigration officers to determine that you have broken
a law that, if committed in Canada, would be subject to prosecution and
therefore falls under this law. So this would apply to both Clinton and
Larson and Singer say a president of the United
States can expect to bypass the rehab process and be given special permission
to enter fairly quickly.
But a special waiver is good for only 30 days.
"If George W. Bush wants to come to Canada for
more than 30 days to vacation here, like President Roosevelt used to do,
or if he decides he wants to live or work here," Larson contends, "He's
going to have to go through the Canadian rehabilitation process.
It's the law."