The largest burden of these stringent laws is placed on the middle class. These penalties include fines, education, therapy, and incarceration. Middle income families are struggling in our country today to make ends meet and they do not meet the requirements to benefit from public assistance programs. A drunk driving conviction can be an obstacle for obtaining a job, cause job loss, take away from family income preventing adequate care of dependents, place additional pressure on family, friends and social services in some cases among many other detrimental affects.
Low income families are often provided vouchers, funded by tax payers, to pay for their mandatory therapy and probation sentences. Many of these convicted offenders already benefit from public assistance programs placing little or no impact on their family income. It may cause an obstacle for them obtaining work or job loss, but it is common for social services to assist them in their endeavors.
The high income and wealthy are not affected by the costs involved in a conviction, but more so by the time involved in the mandated education, therapy and incarceration. They are rarely faced with the prospect of job loss that could be detrimental or lack of job prospects due to the conviction. It can and does happen, but far less often does it have the devastating impact that it has on the middle class.