Son’s DUI may Affect Presidential Campaign


Charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs can have many consequences including fines, probation, suspension of your driving privileges, and even time spent in jail. Aside from these consequences that are imposed by the courts, convicted DUI offenders may face serious adverse effects in their personal and professional lives, as well.

Negative press coverage of DUI

On Sunday, April 19, 22 year-old William Paul was stopped by a law enforcement officer just before 11:30 in the morning in Lexington, Kentucky. Paul had apparently crashed his car into another parked vehicle and was sitting at the wheel when officers approached. According to reports, officers noticed the odor of alcohol and that Paul had watery and bloodshot eyes. They also stated that Paul failed a field sobriety test, refused a chemical test, and that he acted belligerently to the police. Though the officer did not arrest Paul because he was instead transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries, there was a citation for DUI  issued along with failure to properly insure a vehicle.

Normally, a 22-year-old getting cited for DUI would not mean that much to the media, however, William Paul is the son of Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul. Additionally, this is his son’s third different alcohol-related encounter with law enforcement. Previously, William Paul faced the following charges:

  • Underage drinking, disorderly conduct, and simple assault of a flight attendant for actions on a U.S. Airways flight.
  • Possession of alcohol by a minor at a Kentucky racetrack.

Since this is his third alcohol-related case, Paul may be facing more serious consequences than he did in his previous cases, which included alcohol classes and community service as part of a deferred prosecution. Additionally the media spotlight is on the Paul family as many potential voters are questioning their family values because of their son’s behavior. Though DUI does not, of course, automatically mean that one does not have strong family values, this story simply goes to show how a DUI allegation can damage a defendant’s personal and professional reputation. This DUI is likely going to repeatedly come up throughout the campaign by Paul’s opponents, as well as William Paul’s previous run-ins with the law.

Contact an experienced Denver DUI defense lawyer for assistance today

If you or your child has been arrested or has received a citation for DUI in or around Denver, your first call should be to a skilled Denver criminal defense attorney who understands how to defend DUI cases. Though you cannot go back in time and avoid your arrest, an attorney can help limit the consequences that you and your family face and the effects on your future. This can be especially important if you need a clean criminal records for employment or reputation purposes. Jay Tiftickjian is a defense lawyer who is highly experienced in handling all types of DUI matters in the Denver area, so please do not delay in contacting the Tiftickjian Law Firm at 303-DUI-5280 today.

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