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Is Carly Rousso Getting Preferential Treatment in DUI Death?

An attorney argues that the appearance of favoritism and the apparent hush-hush coverage will probably make no difference in the criminal prosecution of the 18-year-old who drove into a family, killing a 5-year-old, last Monday.

By William Peacock, Esq.

Is Carly Rousso being treated differently in Or perhaps a better question is: Will Rousso's apparently privileged upbringing even make a difference?

Sure, things seem to be going a little easier so far for Rousso, the 18-year-old daughter of two prominent North Shore residents. Initial reports about the death of 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento indicated only that a , her brothers, and her mother. There was no mention of possible alcohol or drug involvement.

And yes, it did take until Wednesday night, after a lot of complaining by a local Hispanic-community activist and the mayor of Highland Park, to have .

But will it make a difference?

According to the prosecutor's office, the charges have been in place since Monday, as they were required to obtain Rousso's blood and urine samples. They have no idea why it took so long to release the news to the press. As for the misdemeanor DUI charge, it will stay a misdemeanor until toxicology results return in a couple of weeks.

Despite the appearance of favoritism, and the apparent hush-hush coverage of the alleged DUI, the answer to the question is this: It will probably make no difference whatsoever in Rousso's cirminal prosecution.

If the toxicology results indicate that Carly Rousso was drunk, she'll almost certainly be charged with the same aggravated DUI charges that any other drunk driver would face for running down a child and her family. (Yes, it has happened before.) She'll likely face a lengthy prison sentence of up to 14 years, a license suspension, and public shame and humiliation.

So, can we please calm down with the race and privilege cards, at least for now? The prosecutor is not going to let someone walk just because her parents run some hoity-toity art center in the suburbs. And imagine the coverage the case will get if and when felony charges are brought against a privileged suburban girl gone bad.

So be patient. If Carly Rousso deserves it, she'll likely get what's coming to her. Besides, she's innocent until proven guilty.

Originally published on FindLaw’s Chicago DUI Blog at http://chicagoduilawyersblog.com/2012/09/is-carly-rousso-getting-preferential-treatment-in-dui-death.html 

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ebuddha September 14, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Alice, I do not consider it hate. Rather, I look at it as people on this community are standing up and telling people who are addicts, irresponsible, or otherwise fools that they are not welcome here. Further, it's time that parents wake up and realize that when they don't pay attention and/or don't give their children both the love and tough love they need, the consequences are severe. If you want to enable your teens to drink or smoke weed, go ahead and take your chances - but if you get caught, everyone is going to know about it and talk about it for a lot longer than you'll want.
Anonymous September 14, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I agree with Joey in that Carly must surely be suffering more than any of us can possibly imagine. The loss she created is inexcusable but so is all the vindictiveness that's directed towards her and her family. I'm sure they're very good people who've had a lot on their hands - as most of us with teenagersd do.
Anonymous September 14, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I agree that this has turned in to yet another race war yet I disagree so far as your comment about the parents. While I'm sure they were well aware of whatever problems Carly has, they only have so much control as they can't be with her ALL the time. In all seriousness, all it takes is our child making a horrific mistake such as Carly's (or something similiar) and we're in the same boat as her parents.
Anonymous September 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
When you're looking at the prison time that it's possible she'll see, she can't afford to look at it from a human perspective; she has to keep her mouth shut - as her attorney's obviously and rightfully advised her to do.
Joey Zinsky November 28, 2012 at 08:09 PM
@marine sniper you can say what you wish. maybe im not as good as you are with adjectives and adverbs, but im at a university currently studying psychology so i can one day be a physical dependency councilor and help people like carly before these things happen. i want to help our future generations to come with drug problems. carly was physically and psychologically dependent on substance and she was to deep in. I want to prevent this so ive been in school studying my tail off so i can help this cause and maybe save a future family from the same thing reoccurring. Your negativity is really doing jack. My uncle was a proud Marine himself but he does not brag about it he is a proud, modest man. Just because your a marine does not mean your right.

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