Don’t Get a DUI This Holiday Weekend

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Labor Day Weekend is typically when many of us have one final hurrah before summer comes to a close. Guess what? The police know it. That’s why troopers across the country are having a DUI crackdown this weekend, so you better be prepared to see extra patrols and DUI checkpoints.

Here are ways you can avoid a DUI this Labor Day Weekend.

Drink non-alcoholic beverages.

Having a beer at a BBQ can be tempting, but if you are getting behind the wheel, abstaining from drinking is the best way to prevent a DUI.

Have taxi or driver services apps and numbers on your phone.

This way, if you do feel you can’t drive, you won’t have to scramble to find a local cab company to take you home.

Trust your instincts.

If, deep down, you feel you shouldn’t be getting behind the wheel, trust your gut. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Have plenty to eat.

Drinking on an empty stomach can get you intoxicated quicker. Be healthy and safe.

Obey all traffic laws.

Don’t take any risks behind the wheel. Police are more likely to pull you over for a traffic infraction. It is after they pull you over where they can detect if you’re driving under the influence.

If you do get arrested for a DUI, contact a DUI lawyer right away.

DUI charges can result in a license suspension, expensive fines and even jail time. However, these punishments can be avoided if you hire an experienced DUI attorney to fight your charges.

Have a safe Labor Day Weekend!

Hawks Coach Arrested for DUI

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Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested for a DUI last night, August 28, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Police pulled over Budenholzer after noticing that his taillights weren’t on. When George state trooper, Johnathon Nelms, spoke with the NBA coach, he noticed that Budenholzer’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. Furthermore, Nelms could smell a strong odor of alcohol.

While Budenholzer refused a breath test at the site of his arrest, he did perform some of the field sobriety test. Budenholzer also admitted to having a glass of wine fifteen minutes before getting behind the wheel.

Budenholzer’s lawyer released a statement this morning offering more details about the arrest. He stated that Budenholzer requested to speak with his attorney before taking a breathalyzer test but then he was arrested for a DUI.

While in jail, after speaking with his attorney, Budenholzer said he would take a breath test and requested a blood test. According to Budenholzer’s attorney, he was refused. However, once Budenholzer was released, he went to a local hospital to get a blood test where his BAC measured at .01 percent. The legal limit in the state of Georgia is .08 percent.

Danny Ferry, the president of basketball operations for the Hawks made the following statement:

“Bud made us away of the situation last night. We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”

It was very smart of Budenholzer to contact an attorney right away. A lawyer can tell you exactly what to do during this precarious situation. If you’ve recently been arrested for a DUI and need help finding a lawyer, 1 800 DUI Laws can put you in touch with a local attorney today!

Source – USA Today 

 

FL DUI Offender Tries to Steal Cop Car

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Alcohol can certainly give you a false sense of confidence, but maybe it is best to keep that confidence to yourself when you’re dealing with a police officer. Furthermore, you definitely shouldn’t convince yourself that trying to steal a cop car is a good idea.

However, Sara Ashley Kirksey did just that when she was arrested for a DUI on Monday, August 26 in Okaloosa County, FL.

Police pulled over Kirksey after witnessing her run a red light. During her questioning, she also gave a fake name and date of birth.

After Kirksey was arrested for a DUI and placed in the back of a patrol car, she managed to slip out of her handcuffs, climb through the divider and get into the driver’s seat of the squad car.

Luckily the officer was able to stop her from getting away. However, Kirksey did try to prevent the officer from doing so by hitting him a couple of times.

Kirksey now faces DUI charges as well as resisting arrest and providing false information. It should also be noted that Kirksey has had previous arrests. Her new criminal charges can be very serious so let’s hope she can hire an experienced DUI lawyer to aid her in the court!

Source: Sun Sentinel

DUI Offender Drives Vehicle into Bar

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It looks like this DUI offender was desperate for a drink!

30-year old Matthew Green drove his vehicle into a bar early in the morning of  August 27. This incident took place in Colorado Springs, CO.

Police responded to reports of a disturbance at a local bar called Cleat’s Bar and Grill. When police arrived to the scene, witnesses stated that Green drove his truck into the bar and then took off.

It didn’t take long for police to track down Green, but there was a bit of a chase. Once Green approached a dead end street, officers arrested him for DUI, vehicular eluding and criminal mischief.

It’s unclear whether or not Green purposefully drove his car into Cleat’s. Nonetheless, no significant damage resulted from Green’s actions.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, you may have to pay a significant amount of money as a result of your mistake. This is why you should get an attorney who will have your best interest in mind. Let 1 800 DUI Laws help you find a lawyer.

Source: KKTV

 

Driving on a Suspended License

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One of the consequences of a DUI conviction includes a license suspension. For most people, your license suspension starts when you are convicted. If you haven’t been to court yet and want to avoid suspension, be sure to contact a DUI lawyer right away.

Ideally, if your license gets suspended, it’s a good idea to not get behind the wheel. There are steps you can take to legally get behind the wheel such as applying for a restricted license or installing an ignition interlock device. Be sure to talk with your attorney to see if these are options of you.

If you are caught driving on a suspended license, it’s important to take action right away. Appear in court on your assigned day and explain your situation. Not appearing in court gives the judge the right to issue a warrant for your arrest.

You should also contact the probation authorities and DMV to explain your situation.

The consequences of driving on a suspended license can include a longer probation. Furthermore, the chances increase that you may need to serve a mandatory jail sentence.

Similar to your DUI arrest, every situation is different so the best piece of advice we can give you is to seek legal assistance. If your lawyer provides post-conviction assistance, be sure to contact him or her right away.

DUI Checkpoint in San Bernardino

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Many states are participating in DUI crackdowns as summer comes to a close. The police are out and about this season looking for drunk drivers so it is important to be careful.

Police will be conducting a DUI checkpoint in San Bernardino this Friday, August 23. The checkpoint will take place from 6pm to 2 am. The location will be somewhere within city limits. Although an exact location hasn’t been disclosed, expect the checkpoint to be in a location known for a high rate of DUI incidents.

Did you know that a DUI arrest can prevent you from getting a bank loan?

DUI arrests have caught up with many people looking to buy a house or a new car.

This is why it is important to fight your charges right away to avoid obstacles like this in the future. The best method to handle your DUI charges is to find an experienced DUI attorney to be by your side every step of the way.

Find a DUI lawyer in your neighborhood today!

Source: HighlandNews.net

 

Tour Guide Convicted of DUI

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Getting a driver’s license suspension can certainly be a drag, but it can be even more damaging if you’re a professional tour bus driver.

Leon Maynard, a San Francisco tour guide and bus driver, will have to lose his commercial license for a year due to a DUI.

Maynard was arrested this past July when police officers noticed Maynard having trouble holding a microphone and operating the steering wheel of the bus. When the officers approached the double-decker tour bus, they noticed a couple of small bottles of brandy. Maynard’s BAC was .21 percent.

In addition to a license suspension, Maynard will also have to face 3 years probation, as well as 6 days of community service and 6 months of alcohol education classes.

It is important to understand that you, too, could lose your professional license if you are convicted of a DUI. Nurses, doctors and teachers all are at risk of losing their professional license as a result of a DUI conviction. That is why it is important to avoid a conviction at all costs. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI and are worried about your job, contact a lawyer right away.

Source: San Francisco Examiner

A Very Strange DUI Arrest in Florida

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A Florida Highway patrol officer experience quite a strange DUI arrest when they apprehended Leyla Denise Aykin last Thursday.

Though Aykin’s BAC was .00 and she tested negative for marijuana, Aykin was clearly under the influence of something when she was arrested.

Police witnessed Aykin speeding, as well as sticking her scarf out the window and letting go, like in an old-timey movie. They pulled her over and when they asked Ayken to get out of the car and put her hands on the vehicle, she instead knelt down and said a prayer.

According to the police report, Aykin claimed she wanted to “taste the ocean”. In his report, the highway trooper wrote that Aykin “wanted to taste me and gaze through me.”

Aykin then started singing and chanting. When the officer asked if there was anyone he should contact, Aykin replied, “Jesus”.

Ayken claims that she had stinging nettle tea. Stinging nettle is a plant that has stingers (or trichomes) that can inject histamines when someone touches it. Stinging nettle is often used in medicines.

We’re certainly curious about the defense Aykin will use on this case! Let’s hope she hires an experienced DUI lawyer.

Source: Sun Sentinel

Giants’ David Diehl Gets Deal for his DUI

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NFL player David Diehl is liekly going to get his DUI charges expunged in a year after a court appearance today in Queens, NY.

The Giants’ player and two-time Super Bowl champ was arrested about a year ago for an aggravated DWI in Astoria. Diehl drove his BMW into a row of parked cars after leaving a bar. His BAC measured at .18 – more than twice the legal limit.

Back in February, Diehl admitted his guilty to his DWI and faced probation. The terms of his probation included expensive fines and wearing a scram bracelet for 90 days. Additionally, Diehl had to the complete the NFL’s substance abuse program.

Judge Toko Serita said Diehl’s DWI conviction can be expunged as long as he stays out of trouble for a year.

If Diehl’s case shows anything, it proves that it is possible to strike a deal with the court with the help of an experienced DUI lawyer. It goes to show that you still have options after a DUI arrest and lawyer can make these options more available to you.

Fill out this form to find a DUI lawyer in your neighborhood today!

Source: NY Daily News 

Alabama Cornerback Arrested for DUI

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The cornerback for Alabama’s Crimson Tide, Geno Smith, was arrested for a DUI early Sunday morning.

Though not a lot of details have been posted regarding the arrest, we do know that Smith was arrested in Tuscaloosa County and has been held on $1,000 bond.

Smith is a sophomore at the University of Alabama and his arrest occurred during a break between scrimmage camp and school. A DUI arrest is certainly not a great way to start the school year.

Coach Nick Saban made the following statement:

“This obviously is not the kind of behavior we expect from our players. I don’t have all of the details at this point and will handle it appropriately once I’ve had a chance to review the information.”

Most universities have some type of punishment for DUI arrests in addition to the punishments you would have to serve such as expensive fines and a license suspension. This can include suspensions from sports teams as well as dismissals altogether. It could affect scholarships as well as financial aid.

It is very important to hire an attorney if you’ve been arrested for a DUI. If you need help locating one near you, fill out this form and be put in touch with a local lawyer today!

Source: USA Today