September 06, 2011,
B.H. asks from Springfield, MO on September 05, 2011
DUI Reference Letter
We have a friend who got a DUI a few months back and he now needs a character reference letter. Does anyone have any good examples that they could give me? It's our first time to do this and I cannot seem to find any on the internet!! Thanks so much.
B.. answers from Dallas on September 05, 2011
I was asked to write many character references for my sister. First...the person has to actually have character. It will be very hard to convince anyone, that a person who gets behind the wheel altered, has any character. I am not saying that to be harsh, but just to be realistic. You can only be honest. It will be very obvious, if you are stretching to make the person look better then they are. If this person is normally a fantastic person and truly screwed up, and you feel like this would never happen again, that has to be made very clear. There needs to be evidence in your mind, that the person is very remorseful, and that they have showed that to you. You should talk of how they are clearly a different person now, that they are very distraught over what happened, and doing everything it takes to change themselves for the better. It is always a nice touch, to include how this person impacts the lives of others. Do they volunteer anywhere, help anyone needy, give to others? Have they helped you in a time of need? Are they generally very responsible, reliable, loyal, and law abiding? If so, mention that.
I wrote a lot of what I did, because there was one time I should not have given a character reference. I knew that my sister would likely do it again, but I loved her, so I wrote the reference. She did repeat the crime. That time, it affected her unborn baby. I made a huge mistake giving a reference for someone who would re-offend, and they harmed someone innocent. If this person is likely to re-offend, please think very hard about writing a letter.
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K.B. answers from Milwaukee on September 05, 2011
I have written a few reference letters before, but not for a DUI. The best thing is to speak true of the person, you should know the person well, provide a positive letter speaking of the person character (if unable to do so let the person know you cannot write to seek else where for a reference), introduce yourself in the first couple of lines (your position in life and your relationship to the person).
This website does not have a specific for writing a DUI reference letter but general ideas... http://www.dailywritingtips.com/writing-a-reference-lette...
http://www.bayareaduilaw.com/pdfs/sample_letter_of_recomm... (This one I would add more because it is way to generic)
http://www.alcoholism-information.com/Character_Reference... (This website has some really good ideas)
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T.V. answers from Kansas City on September 06, 2011
Heath Stuart is a defense attorney in my business group. He may be able to provide you with some examples. He is at ###-###-####.
C.W. answers from Santa Barbara on September 06, 2011
How do you write a character reference letter for someone who got a DUI? Most of the time it takes many, many offenses to actually get caught and this isn't good character. I really can't think of anybody I would support in this situation.