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24-year-old woman faces DUI charges; $50,000 bail

A 24-year-old woman who faced DUI accusations on Dec. 12 for a Florida motorcycle accident that claimed the life of a 58-year-old man had a prior conviction of drinking and driving in 2009. She was also taken into custody in 2012 for failure to appear on a driving with a suspended license charge. The most recent charges are for DUI manslaughter. Authorities claimed that she was intoxicated when she drove a Lexus during the early morning hours of Sept. 7 and hit the motorcycle on Interstate 95.

She admitted she had been drinking with friends at a Palm Beach Bar and was on her way to Palm City when the accident happened. The rider was wearing a helmet but still succumbed to his injuries. The prosecution requested that she be detained until she was connected to the GPS tracking system used by the jail to ensure she doesn’t drink and drive. However, her attorney suggested a different tracking system that also randomly tests any alcohol in her system.

The prosecution further explained that she must be given bail, and the judge concurred. She set the woman’s bail at $50,000 and ordered the GPS system to be enforced. The judge wanted to make sure she did not drive while intoxicated. Her blood-alcohol content level registered .249 percent, or more than triple the maximum limit of .08 percent permitted by state legislation after the accident.

Someone with a history of drinking and driving offenses or traffic citations could face strict sanctions if they are convicted of a subsequent DUI. A criminal defense lawyer might be able to suggest options like a GPS with a breathalyzer so that a client doesn’t have to stay in jail and is still permitted to drive.

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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.