Son of Councilman Arrested for DUI

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The son of a councilman in Lexington, South Carolina has been arrested for a DUI. The councilman is a strong supporter of “Emma’s Law”, a bill that aims for stricter penalties for DUI offenders.

Jonathan Ted Stambolitis, the son of councilman Ted Stambolitis, was pulled over for speeding near the intersection of US Highway 378 and US Highway 1 in Lexington. According to the police report, Stambolitis smelled of alcohol and had signs of intoxication.

The officer had Stambolitis perform a field sobriety test, which he failed. Stambolitis was arrested and taken to a detention center where he refused to provide a breath sample. However, Stambolitis did admit to having two “larger sized high gravity beers”. These beers contain 9 to 10 percent alcohol.

Stambolitis is the son of councilman Ted Stambolitis who is the owner of the Flight Deck restaurant. There is a sign on the restaurant supporting Emma’s Law. Emma’s Law is a proposed bill aimed at making the penalties for DUI stricter, including requiring offenders to install an ignition interlock device. Stambolitis is a strong supporter of Emma’s Law.

Media sources have reached out to the councilman, but no comment has been made.

As you can tell, a DUI can be a very embarrassing experience and you can let a lot of people down if you are arrested. However, even though your life feels like a mess, there is hope. A DUI lawyer can help you with your charges. With the help of a DUI lawyer, you will see that you still have options after a DUI. Find a DUI lawyer today!

 

Source: WISTV

Norman, OK to Step Up DUI Enforcement

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Attention Norman, Oklahoma residents:

Police will be stepping up DUI enforcement in the coming months. Be careful when you get behind the wheel and if you do get arrested, hire an attorney.

The Norman Police Department announced on March 31, 2014, that it will be conducting saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints throughout the region. This enforcement is part of the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

You should expect to see more patrols on the road and be prepared to be stopped at a DUI checkpoint.

Oklahoma has pretty tough DUI laws. You can be charged with a DUI or reckless driving even if your blood alcohol content is .06 or .07 percent. Furthermore, unlike a lot of other states, a second or subsequent DUI convictions are considered felonies.

Fines can cost you thousands of dollars for a DUI or DWI in Oklahoma and you can spend up to a year in jail. Furthermore, you could lose your driving privileges altogether.

These punishments are important reasons why it is necessary to find an experienced DUI lawyer to fight your charges. A DUI can lead to a lot of stress and can cause havoc in your personal life. However, there is hope. With the help of a DUI attorney, you can get your life back on track. Furthermore, with a DUI lawyer you can avoid jail time.

To find a local attorney near you, visit 1 800 DUI Laws. The lawyers at 1 800 DUI Laws are known for caring about their clients and tirelessly fighting to protect their clients’ rights. You will be in good hands when you find a lawyer at 1 800 DUI Laws. Find a lawyer today!

Source: NewsOK

Man to Appear in Court 27 Years After DUI Arrest

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If you don’t appear in court after a DUI, it can catch up with you, no matter how long it takes.

In fact, this happened to a 64-year old man from Mount Olive, New Jersey. He was arrested in 1987 for a DUI and never appeared in court. However, recently, he was pulled over again for an unrelated offense where the records showed that he never appeared for his DUI offense.

The man’s court date is set for June. He pleaded not guilty back in January.

Let’s face it. Court is a scary place. There are a lot of rules and procedures and it can be a tough place to navigate on your own.

However, you don’t have to go to court alone. There is an advocate out there who can help you.

Contact an experienced DUI lawyer and you will see that you can still have options after a DUI arrest.

Not appearing in court can lead to a lot of trouble. The judge can issue a warrant for your arrest. If you get pulled over again and you haven’t appeared in court, you can be arrested right away even if its a routine traffic stop.

Don’t put your future in jeopardy by not appearing in court. Show up for your court date and have a skilled DUI lawyer on your side. The DUI attorneys at 1 800 DUI Laws are known for fighting tirelessly for their clients. You can find a skilled attorney near you. Visit 1 800 DUI Laws today!

Source: NJ.com

 

Former KY Fish and WIldlife Head Arrested for DUI

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The former head of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is facing DUI charges.

Around 8:40 pm on Thursday, March 28, 2014, Jonathan Gassett was pulled over on Interstate 64 near Midway. According to the police, the arresting officer had seen some “suspicious” driving.

Gassett was arrested and taken to the Woodford County Detention Center.

His DUI comes just a week after Gassett admitted to state ethics violations. In fact, he had to pay a fine of $7,500.

Well, if convicted of drunk driving, Gassett may have to pay additional fines to the state as expensive fines are one of the many severe penalties of a DUI.

In addition to fines, some of the other penalties of a DUI include a license suspension, possible jail time, alcohol education classes, community service and the installation of an ignition interlock. An ignition interlock is a device that you plug into your vehicle that you have to blow into in order to start your car. If the interlock detects alcohol on your breath, your car will not start.

These penalties are important reasons why it is necessary to find an experienced DUI lawyer and fight your charges. You deserve quality legal help and 1 800 DUI Laws is the place to find it. Find an attorney near you today!

Source: Courier-Journal

DUI Offender Tries to Urinate on Police Officer

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This one is pretty disgusting. A DUI offender in New Jersey is also being charged with assaulting a police officer after he attempted to urinate on him while he was in his jail cell.

John K. Sassaman was in Mahwah, New Jersey when he crashed into a tree on Halstead Way. He drove over to his girlfriend’s house, 23-year old Andrea D’Anton.

Officers spotted Sassaman’s vehicle in D’Anton’s driveway. At first, D’Anton told police that she was the one behind the wheel, but eventually came clean and said that Sassaman was the one driving. Police found Sassaman and proceeded to give him a field sobriety test. Sassaman failed and was arrested.

Sassaman was to be extradited to Bucks County, PA, where he has an outstanding fugitive warrant, but, according to Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli, Sassaman lost his cool.

“He became extremely combative and argumentative and began arguing with the officers about being transported to the County Jail. During the altercation, he kicked Officer Jonathan Lange and was subsequently subdued by Sergeant Michael Blondin and Officer Matthew Lombardo. Once he was placed back in a jail cell, he urinated on the floor in the cell and attempted to urinate on the officers all the while spitting in the general direction of the officers.”

In addition to DUI, Sassaman was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident. His girlfriend is also facing charges including providing false information to police and allowing a suspended driver to operate a motor vehicle.

These are serious criminal charges and if you’re facing similar charges, it’s important to contact an attorney right away. Find a DUI lawyer near you.

Source: NJ.com

 

Christopher Reeves Arrested for DUI

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This is kind of a weird story. A man named Christopher Reeves was arrested for a DUI wearing a Superman T-shirt in David County, Utah.

At around 3 am on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Reeves was driving erratically while “performing weaving maneuvers, drawing the attention of deputies,” according to the David County Sheriff’s Office.

The officers searched his car where they found methamphetamine, Spice (a synthetic form of marijuana) and drug paraphernalia. According to the police report, the amount of drugs Reeves had in his vehicle was “plenty to distribute around.”

Reeves was charged with DUI, obviously, but he was also charged with narcotics possession and other offenses.

“I hope he will live not to regret his choice of T-shirts on this day, but rather his actions,” stated the David County Sheriff’s Office.

Although his name is coincidental, Christopher Reeves is not related to Superman actors Christopher Reeve or George Reeves.

No matter how embarrassing your DUI is, you should know that you still deserve quality legal help after your arrest. There is a DUI lawyer out there who is ready to help you and who will endlessly fight to get you the best possible results. Don’t wait until it is too late. Find an experienced DUI lawyer today!

Source: NY Daily News

 

David Cassidy Sentenced to Rehab

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David Cassidy shows that you don’t have to go to jail after a DUI. David Cassidy has agreed to enter rehab as punishment for his latest DUI.

On March 24, 2014 Cassidy pleaded no contest to his latest California DUI. Instead of jail, Cassidy has agreed to return to rehab for 3 months. Additionally, he will be placed on probation for five years, pay fines and attend a nine-month long alcohol education program.

Cassidy was arrested back in January 2014 after police spotted him making an illegal right turn. Cassidy’s manager stated that Cassidy was drinking again due to stresses involving a legal battle over ‘Partridge Family’ money Cassidy believes is owed to him.

Cassidy’s case shows that with the help of an experienced DUI lawyer, you can avoid jail. A DUI lawyer can show you that you have options other than a sentence that includes living behind bars.

Oftentimes, people can avoid jail by agreeing to seek treatment and rehabilitation for their substance abuse issues. This could be an option for you.

However, the only way you can know if this is a possibility is to speak with an experienced DUI lawyer. While you may feel all alone in this situation, a DUI lawyer will be by your side every step of the way. Our DUI lawyers will be an advocate for you and will fight to get you the best possible results.

Arrested for a DUI? You, too, can avoid jail. Contact a DUI lawyer today!

Source: Celebrity DUI

 

DUI Deaths May be Under-Reported

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A new study analyzing the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System indicates that the number of traffic deaths by drunk driving is under-reported.

In the March issue of the ‘Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs’, 3 percent of death certificates list alcohol as a contributing cause of death for traffic crashes between the years 1999 and 2009. However, after looking into the data 21 percent of those people killed in crashes were legally drunk.

Researchers stated one reason for this discrepancy could be that death certificates are issued quicker than lab results are compiled. A death certificate typically takes 3 to 5 days to file while lab results can take longer.

Researchers also suggested that some states are prone to not list alcohol as a contributing cause on death certificates. However, researchers cannot figure out why this is the case. Half of the states in the country require a driver be tested for alcohol in their system after a fatal crash.

Knowing whether or not alcohol is a factor in fatal crashes is important because it lets policymakers decide the best course of action to prevent fatal DUI accidents.

“You want to know how big the problem is, and if we can track it,” stated Ralph Hingson, the study leader of the US National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “Is it going up, or going down? And what policy measures are working?”

Want to know more about DUI laws? Talk to a lawyer today.

Source: CBS News

 

CA Council Member Arrested for DUI

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El Segundo, California officials are stating that Simi Valley councilman, Steven T. Sojka, is facing charges for driving under the influence.

Sojka was arrested early in the morning of March 12, 2014 on misdemeanor DUI charges. He was released on a $5,000 bail and is due to appear in court on June 17, 2014.

Sojka has been a council member since 1998.

A DUI can be a very embarrassing experience. Not only do you have to face spending time in jail, but a DUI can also hurt your career. With a DUI on your record, potential employers can refuse to hire you or you could lose your job or professional license, depending on your industry.

Furthermore, the consequences of a DUI are quite serious. Not only may you be required to spend time in jail, but you will also have to pay expensive fines, lose your license, perform community service and attend traffic school or alcohol education classes.

These are all reasons why it is important to hire an experienced DUI lawyer. A DUI lawyer can help you fight your charges and help you get back on your feet. A DUI lawyer understands what you are going through. They will be by your side every step of the way.

You don’t need to lose hope after a DUI. A DUI lawyer can help. Find a DUI lawyer today!

Source: CBS Local

 

LAPD Officer Arrested for DUI

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Off-duty Los Angeles Police Officer Jonathan D. Chel has been arrested for a DUI after crashing into a McDonald’s Drive-Thru in Diamond Bar, California.

The officer was on Brea Canyon Road and crashed into the fast-food restaurant at around 1:15 am, said California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez.

“The crash occurred when he failed to negotiate the right turn. Instead, he left the off-ramp, went through the on-ramp and eventually crash-landed in the McDonald’s parking lot.”

Chel did not take a breathalyzer test in the crash location. Furthermore, CHP is not releasing the blood alcohol content percentage due to the fact that there’s an ongoing investigation of the case.

“We had enough to substantiate that he was under the influence of alcohol,” Jimenez aid.

Chel was arrested for a DUI and later released to an LAPD sergeant.

Chel’s car was seriously damaged and Chel did sustain some injuries. He was taken to the UC Irvine Medical Center.

LAPD Media Relations Officer Luis Garcia told the press that they have yet to go through the details of the case, but did mention that if an officer’s license is suspended due to a DUI, he or she would not be allowed to continue on normal duty.

This just goes to show that a DUI can affect your job-standing depending on your occupation. This is why you must fight your charges if you get arrested. If you need legal help and want to fight your DUI charges, contact a DUI lawyer today!

Source: KTLA