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A judge in Fairfax County, VA was arrested on a DUI charge and subsequently removed from presiding over DUI cases in the county.

The scale of the hypocrisy that infects our entire judicial system is difficult to fathom until you see it up close, and realize that prosecutors routinely commit crimes for which they prosecute others (examples from 2017 alone: prosecutor arrested for DUI, another prosecutor arrested for DUI, prosecutor charged with prostitution, prosecutor charged with domestic violence assault, to cite a few), and judges routinely sit in judgment of others for crimes they have also committed themselves (more examples from 2017: county judge charged with DWIjudge arrested on obstruction and witness tampering charges, judge arrested for human trafficking, and here’s a 2016 case in which a judge was arrested for DWI on her way to court).

It has always been difficult for me to comprehend the ease with which cops, prosecutors, and judges are able to take steps to deprive others of their liberty, while committing the same crimes in their private lives — and more often than not, simply not getting caught.


Raleigh DWI lawyer Ben Hiltzheimer is a criminal defense attorney with offices in Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina, who represents individuals charged with DWIs and the full spectrum of misdemeanors and felonies. Contact us for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation at (919) 899-9404.

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Ben is an experienced trial lawyer who earned his law degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was trained in trial practice at the nation’s preeminent Public Defender agency, the federally funded Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, described by United States Attorney General Eric Holder as “the best public defender office in the country.”

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