Possessing the very unique makeup that I do, I watched with great interest the unfolding of the recent DUI charges against Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff. Well, he's had his day in court, and you can read about the outcome here. Long story short: two years' supervised probation, one year suspended jail sentence, and 12 points on his driving record with more trouble to come from the MVA. Chances are he'll keep his license in exchange for participation in the ignition interlock program for some amount of time-- I'm thinking a couple of years.
All of this is fairly consistent with what gets handed out nowadays for offenders with their second alcohol-related charge--- even if that first charge was a long time ago, as in Huff's case. But there's a big difference between Huff's case and that of your garden-variety person who really shouldn't drink.
It's forgotten that Huff was driving a county vehicle when he was pulled over, and kind of glossed over, IMHO, that once he was caught, he tried to call the Baltimore County police chief, presumably to try to get out of it. Sorry, but these privileges aren't available to everyone. And I feel the fact that he abused his county property and county title here ought to mean for something.
Note, I am not saying he shouldn't stand for re-election next year. Addiction is a deeply personal condition and as long as he is clean, sober, and working to remain same, he ought to receive the benefit of the doubt going forward. But in the context of the charges that were before him, in my view, his abuse of his public position should have earned him weekends in a holding cell to think about what he did, or more probation time, or something.
There are many who haven't offended as egregiously who have received worse penalties.