DUI Offender Gets Truck Stuck in Carwash

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What is another to get caught drinking and driving? It’s probably by getting your vehicle stuck in a car wash.

John Jay Hinkle, of Forrest City, Arkansas, got his truck stuck in one of the bays of Splash Carwash this past Friday. Carwash employees contacted the police after noticing Hinkle to be under the influence of something. (It was a mixture of alcohol and oxycodone.)

Police arrested Hinkle for a DUI along with other charges that include driving without insurance and driving on a suspended license.

This is Hinkle’s second DUI offense.

The penalties for a second DWI in Arkansas are significantly worse. Therefore, if you’ve been arrested for multiple DUIs, you need to hire an attorney right away.

How to Get Your License Back After a DUI

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When someone fills out a form on 1 800 DUI Laws, we know one of the questions on his or her mind is, “When will I get my driver’s license back?”

For many of us, the ability to drive legally is probably one of the most important privileges we have. With work and taking care of children, getting your license suspended can cause many obstacles. Because of this, if you get arrested for a DUI, it is important to hire an experienced DUI attorney right away.  Not only will a DUI attorney fight your charges in criminal court, he or she can help you qualify for a restricted license.

It is important to understand that each state has a different license reinstatement policy. To get the exact information, you must contact your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles or Department of Public Safety. We also strongly recommend you do not lose your suspension notice as it may have all the specific steps you need to take to reinstate your driver’s license.

However, in general, here are some important steps for license reinstatement.

Contact the DMV. In many states, it is the offender’s responsibility to contact the DMV to reinstate your license. The DMV will not send you a reminder that it is time to reinstate. This is another reason why it is important to hang on to your license suspension as it likely has the exact date of when your suspension ends.

All criminal hearings and punishments must be resolved and completed. If you still have unresolved charges, you may not be able to get your license back. Additionally, all of your punishments must be fulfilled including any necessary jail time, community service and alcohol education classes. If these are not completed, you may not be able to reinstate your license.

You may need to contact your car insurance company. In order to get your license reinstated, the DMV may require proof of insurance or an SR-22 form. This means you may need to contact your insurance company to provide this proof. Unfortunately, this also means that your insurance company is now aware of your DUI arrest and can raise your rates. This is another unfortunate consequence of a DUI arrest (and another reason to hire a DUI attorney to fight your charges!) For more information on car insurance after a DUI or to find auto insurance with more affordable rates, please visit DUIautoinsurance.com.

You may need to pass a driver’s test. In some states, you may need to retake the written exam or even attend a safe driver’s class.

Pay reinstatement fee.  The cost of getting your license reinstated can vary from state to state and it can range from a couple of dollars to a couple of hundreds of dollars.

It is important to take these steps if you want to get your driver’s license back and move on with your life. It is an unfortunate fact that many people continue to drive on a suspended license. This is something we definitely don’t recommend because if you get pulled over again, even for something very minor, you could wind up in even bigger trouble for driving on a suspended license. Don’t do it. The smartest thing you can do to prevent license suspension is to hire an attorney as soon as you can.

Hulk Hogan’s Ex Arrested for DUI

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Hulk Hogan's wife, Linda, DUI

After being in the news over a sex tape scandal, Hulk Hogan continues to be the in spotlight amidst another scandal. His ex-wife, Linda Hogan, has been arrested for a DUI in Malibu.

Police stopped Hogan early Thursday morning for speeding and later suspected her to be under the influence. She took a BAC test and admitted to having a glass of champagne on an empty stomach and as well as being on antibiotics, which may have increased her level of intoxication.

How the body responds to alcohol is an important scientific detail that only an experienced DUI attorney understands and can use to fight your case. This is why it is necessary to have a defense lawyer if you have been arrested for drinking and driving. If you or someone you know has been arrested, we can help you find a local attorney.

Man Charged with DUI at Drive-Thru

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Tyler Rourke May, of Bismarck, North Dakota, was arrested for a DUI this past Tuesday at a McDonald’s drive-thru.

May pulled into the drive-thru Tuesday evening and passed out at the wheel. A McDonald’s employee had called 911 and May was arrested for drunk driving as well as having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

Getting a DUI at a fast food drive-thru does seem pretty outrageous. However, drive-thru DUI arrests are not that uncommon. Many people get arrested for falling asleep at the wheel at drive-thrus and parking lots. There are usually more people around in these locations and this means that the chances increase that someone will call the police if they witness or suspect a drunk driver.

There are other common areas where DUI arrests occur. These include checkpoints (obviously), one-way streets and even in one’s driveway, believe it or not.

However, no matter where you get arrested for a DUI, it is absolutely necessary to hire an experienced DUI attorney to fight your charges. If you need an attorney, let 1 800 DUI Laws help you find a local DUI defense lawyer!

Important Tip on Preventing a DUI Arrest

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As a blogger for 1 800 DUI Laws, I have shared a lot of tips on how to avoid suffering the harsh consequences of a DUI conviction.  We provide a lot of tips, but I suppose there is one we forgot to include:

Don’t call the police on yourself.

This may seem like common sense, but that is not necessarily so for Antonio Candelaria of Albuquerque, NM. Apparently, Candelaria was driving his motorcycle while under the influence. When he pulled into his driveway, Candelaria got stuck underneath his bike and resorted to calling the police to help him.

When police arrived, they suspected Candelaria had operated his motorcycle under the influence and gave him a breathalyzer test where his BAC measured at .16, which is twice the legal limit.

After Candelaria was booked, it was revealed that he had a bunch of prior NM drunk driving offenses. This will likely mean that Candelaria will have to face even tougher consequences for this offense, such as mandatory jail time and the loss of his driver’s license altogether.

It is an unfortunate fact that drunk driving is a mistake many people make. Some drunk driving arrests become fuel for fodder, but despite the sarcasm and commentary, it is in an offender’s best interest to hire an experienced DUI attorney to help navigate the judicial system.

If you need a DUI attorney, let us help you find one today!

Man Gets Arrested for 7th DUI and Pleads … Pink Elephant?

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Samuel Phipps of New Castle, Delaware got into an accident on the I-295. When police arrived to the scene, they asked Phipps what caused the accident and Phipps responded that he swerved to get out of the way of a pink elephant that was nearby.

Apparently, Phipps was under the influence of marijuana laced with PCP.

Since DE DUI laws have gotten stricter in recent years, Phipps will face serious penalties if he’s found guilty of this DUI. Phipps has since been committed to a correctional institution.

Get a PA DUI? Head to… a Hotel?!

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A new program for DUI offenders in Allegheny County, PA is being nicknamed “DUI Hotel”. Why? Because it takes place in an actual hotel.

Because of overcrowding in jails, Allegheny County has created the DUI Alternative Jail Program.  This program is a 3-day mandatory alcohol education and treatment program for DUI offenders.  It is held in participating hotels such as the area’s local Holiday Inn Express.

The DUI Alternative Jail program is for people who have been arrested for a PA DUI, but aren’t considered violent offenders. Supporters say this frees up jail space for offenders who have more serious crimes and are considerably more violent.

Opponents of the DUI Alternative Jail Program don’t believe the “DUI Hotel” will help reduce the number of repeat offenders. Many groups, most notably MADD, believe that ignition interlocks are the best method to reducing repeat offenses.

DUI penalties have been debated across the country. Many people have varying opinions about what is the most effective punishment for a drunk driving arrest.

However, like other criminal cases, each DUI case is different.  Many people from various backgrounds and circumstances get arrested for a DUI that it is hard to lay out one hard-and-fast rule.

Perhaps a suitable punishment for one DUI case may not be as effective for another. Maybe it’s time to administer DUI penalties on a case by case basis.

What do you think?