Monthly Archives: December 2013

DUI Charge Returns to Haunt Broward Circuit Judge

In Florida, a high-profile murder case has unexpectedly brought attention to the hazardous implications of drunk driving. It was recently reported that a man convicted of murder has contested the validity of the Broward Circuit Judge presiding over his trial due to the judge recently being arrested for her second DUI.

While it is yet to be determined whether the judge will or will not recuse herself from the case, the trial underlines the lasting impact of DUI on an individual’s professional life. Florida law is tough on those convicted of impaired driving, and even first-time offenders are subject to harsh penalties.

Jail time, license suspension, fines, community service and probation, are a few of the consequences for drunk driving imposed by the state of Florida and penalties become greater for repeat offenders. Beyond these surface penalties, the impacts of a DUI, as evidenced by the Broward Circuit Judge, can easily overflow into all aspects of your life.

Although the judge has not yet been convicted of a second drunk driving offense, the charges alone may have been enough to damage her professional repute. As stated by the attorney of the man convicted of murder, “The judge is no longer fair and impartial because of her arrest for a second DUI.”

The attorney went on to mention that the Circuit Judge is being prosecuted by the same state which prosecuted the convicted murderer. At this time, the Broward Circuit Judge is expected to decide within 30 days whether or not to preside over the trial.

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Creative Christmas Campaign Aims to Deter Drunk Driving In Austin, TX

It’s not every day a red limousine adorned with frolicking reindeer and topped with a green Christmas bow comes to town, but over the next couple of weeks, this “Sober Ride Sleigh” will be a common sight in Austin and other cities in Texas. In an effort to bridle drunk driving and promote using designated drivers, the Texas Department of Transportation recently decked out this limousine to kick-off a fifteen city pledge tour.

Offering those who take the Holiday P.A.S.S (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) pledge a chance to win a free trip to New York this New Year’s Eve, TxDot has been pleased with the response they’re seeing. One participant said she took the pledge less to the win the trip and more because she believes in the purpose of the campaign, “I did it because there’s too many people getting killed.”

Drunk driving continues to be a problem throughout the state as last year’s accident data confirms. According to TxDot, from December 1 through January 1, drunk drivers were responsible for 78 fatal accidents and another 776 alcohol-related crashes were reported across the state in that same period.

If drivers ignore these warnings and consume one too many mugs of spiked eggnogs during the holidays, they can expect harsh consequences for getting behind the wheel. First-time offenders will be subject to a minimum 90-day license suspension and can expect to pay up to $2,000 in fines and fees, among other repercussions.  Individuals in this position should consider contacting a DWI attorney to help reduce the drunk driving penalties.

The Mayor and Chief of Police of Odessa were among the first Texans to take the pledge. Beyond the consequences imposed by the state, the Odessa Chief of Police hopes people will consider the great personal cost of drunk driving. No one, he explains, wants to lose a child due to someone driving drunk.

San Antonio is the last stop of the Sober Ride Sleigh and the winner of the New Year’s Trip to New York will be announced on or before December 31.

DUI Charge Returns to Haunt Broward Circuit Judge

In Florida, a high-profile murder case has unexpectedly brought attention to the hazardous implications of drunk driving. It was recently reported that a man convicted of murder has contested the validity of the Broward Circuit Judge presiding over his trial due to the judge recently being arrested for her second DUI.

While it is yet to be determined whether the judge will or will not recuse herself from the case, the trial underlines the lasting impact of DUI on an individual’s professional life. Florida  drunk driving laws are tough on those convicted of impaired driving, and even first-time offenders are subject to harsh penalties.

Jail time, license suspension, fines, community service and probation, are a few of the consequences for drunk driving imposed by the state of Florida and penalties become greater for repeat offenders. Beyond these surface penalties, the impacts of a DUI, as evidenced by the Broward Circuit Judge, can easily overflow into all aspects of your life.

Although the judge has not yet been convicted of a second drunk driving offense, the charges alone may have been enough to damage her professional repute. As stated by the attorney of the man convicted of murder, “The judge is no longer fair and impartial because of her arrest for a second DUI.”

The attorney went on to mention that the Circuit Judge is being prosecuted by the same state which prosecuted the convicted murderer. At this time, the Broward Circuit Judge is expected to decide within 30 days whether or not to preside over the trial.

Lawyer For Driver With Multiple DUI Charges Claims Media At Fault

New Jersey residents who follow celebrity news may have heard that the mother of actress Lindsay Lohan might be on her way to a plea bargain with prosecutors to resolve her DUI charges.

She recently left court with orders from a judge to return in January after performing community service and undergoing an alcohol and substance abuse assessment. Her attorney stated his belief that the evaluation would confirm that his client did not have alcohol or substance issues.

According to court records, Dina Lohan was stopped by the police for speeding Sept. 12 and appeared to the officer to be intoxicated. Subsequent chemical tests confirmed the initial observations of the police officer when her blood alcohol concentration was determined to be .20 percent. The legal limit for driving while intoxicated is .08 percent.

Lohan’s attorney attributed her multiple DUI charges to the attention focused upon her by the media. The attorney read a statement after court claiming that the “daily stresses” of contending with photographers and reporters were a factor leading to the arrest of his client who, he said, does not have any alcohol or substance issues.

Legislation in most states, including New Jersey, requires those charged with DUI or other alcohol-related offenses to undergo an evaluation for alcohol and substance abuse either prior to pleading guilty as part of a bargained plea arrangement or prior to sentencing following a conviction after trial. The purpose of the evaluation is to aid judges in identifying those individuals convicted of DUI charges who might be in need of alcohol or substance abuse treatment.

If an alcohol or substance abuse evaluation reveals that a person has a drug or alcohol dependency or abuse issue, the law allows a judge to make treatment a condition of the sentence. An attorney familiar with DUI penalties is a person’s best resource for answers to questions concerning sentencing options under currently existing laws. The attorney might be able to persuade the judge to exercise leniency in sentencing or to suspend jail time in favor of the client’s enrollment in a substance abuse treatment program.