by ParkmanLaw on March 7, 2013

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The State of Texas has taken on a new type of punishment for some DUI offenders.  This type of punishment is called “shock probation”.  An example of this punishment can be observed in the case involving Michael Glacona.

Glacona pled guilty to driving under the influence after he was involved in an automobile accident resulting in the death of the driver of another vehicle.  Glacona was ordered to serve three months out of a yearlong jail sentence.  As part of his punishment, the trial court further ordered Glacona had to stand on the side of a road holding a sign that read, “I killed Aaron Coy Pennywell while driving drunk.”  Glacona’s punishment was to be reviewed after his first day of holding the sign but his remaining sentence was revoked after he refused to write a letter of apology to the victim’s family.  The trial court had also ordered that Glacona display a large framed picture of the victim’s vehicle in his living room.

While attempting to aid in rehabilitation is good and this type of punishment might be beneficial to some, the trial court’s punishment does not appear to be aimed at rehabilitation but merely at shaming Glacona.  These types of punishment do not accomplish the goal of rehabilitation.

This is an issue that the citizens nationwide may be faced with one day and something Parkman & White, LLC will be monitoring closely.

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