Amanda Bynes: Incompetent to Stand Trial


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As you probably already know, Amanda Bynes was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial yesterday. Her attorney, Rich Hutton, appeared on her behalf in court yesterday, September 24, 2013,  to inform the judge that Bynes “did not have the mental capacity to understand the nature of the legal proceedings.”

As a result, the judge has ordered the case to be transferred to a mental health court. There, proceedings will take place to determine if Bynes is able to stand trial.

In terms of the law, mental incompetency means that a person is unable to understand the legal consequences of their actions. Furthermore, it means that they are unable to comprehend the legal proceedings.

In terms of criminal law, a defense attorney has to request a competency hearing to determine if the defendant is able to qualify as incompetent to stand trial.

A defense lawyer may request a competency hearing for a variety of reasons. One, such as in Amanda Bynes’ case, can be due out of concern for the defendant’s life. As you probably know from the tabloids, Bynes had been acting erratically. As of now, she is currently seeking treatment in a psychiatric hospital and is under conservatorship of her mother.

Another reason for a competency hearing could be strategical. Oftentimes attorneys will seek a plea bargain or use an insanity defense in criminal cases.

Above all, it is important to understand that a court must declare you incompetent. If you know someone arrested for a DUI and worry about their competency, you should still seek the help of an experienced DUI lawyer who understands the law. To find a DUI lawyer near you, fill out this form today.



NFL to Partner with Uber to Curb Player DUIs


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The National Football League is partnering with the ride service, Uber, to curb the number of player drunk driving incidents.

As you probably know, the NFL has become notorious for a bunch of players getting arrested for drunk driving. In fact, the NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith stated that DUI incidents are one of the top safety issues among NFL players.

While the NFL has attempted to implement penalties for DUI arrests, such as player suspensions and alcohol screenings, this partnership aims to help prevent DUI arrests from even happening.

In a statement to reporters, Smith said, “We know that discipline certainly plays a part in changing behavior. But we really wanted to start this look at trying to do a better job by treating this as a public health and public safety issue. This partnership with Uber is something we believe meets that.”

Uber is a ride service that allows you to hail a ride, pay for it and tip your driver all via a Smartphone app. Uber uses GPS via your phone to locate its passengers. Users can see on their phones where the nearest Uber driver is located and how long it will take for the driver to arrive.

In their partnership with the NFL, the players will receive a $200 gift card toward Uber rides. Ah, yet another perk of being a professional athlete!

You may not be a professional athlete, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve quality legal representation if you’ve been arrested for a DUI. To find a DUI attorney in your neighborhood, visit 1 800 DUI Laws today!

Source: Wired 

Hawks Coach Arrested for DUI



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 


Giants’ David Diehl Gets Deal for his DUI



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.

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Source: NY Daily News 

Another Broncos DUI Arrest


Who knew that DUI arrests could be contagious?

While the Denver Broncos are currently dealing with the DUI arrests of two executives, it has come to light that the offensive lineman, Quentin Saulsberry, has also been arrested for a DUI.

On May 19 of this year, Saulsberry was arrested after police received a report that a car was weaving through lanes. Saulsberry was operating the car and when police pulled him over, they performed a field sobriety test. Saulsberry admitted to having one beer at a friend’s house.

Saulsberry also submitted to a blood test, but the blood test results were redacted. Luckily, Saulsberry didn’t have to go to jail because he was released to a sober adult.

This news comes just days after two managers for the Broncos were arrested for drunk driving.

Tom Heckert, the director of pro personnel, was arrested for a DUI in June. Matt Russell, the director of player personnel and the likely successor to John Elway, was arrested over the weekend following July 4.

You don’t need to play for the Denver Broncos to have your DUI arrest be embarrassing. For most people, going through the DUI process can be the most difficult time of your life. However, there is a lawyer who will be by your side every step of the way. To find a DUI lawyer, click this link.

Another Broncos’ Employee Arrested for DUI


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Yesterday we reported that Matt Russell, the director of player personnel for the Denver Broncos, got arrested for a DUI. However, it looks like another employee for the football team got busted for drinking and driving, as well.

Tom Heckert, the Broncos’ director of pro personnel, is also facing DUI charges from a June 11 arrest in Parker, Colorado. His DUI was made public after Russell’s arrest.

Heckert was recently hired to the Denver Broncos in May of this year. He released a statement through the team regarding his arrest:

“I am extremely disappointed that in my short time with the Broncos I have made such a serious mistake. My actions last month have brought embarrassment to the organization, and I fully understand the consequences that are involved. I am truly sorry and take complete responsibility for this situation. Although I have let many people down, I will learn from this and work toward regaining the trust that I have lost.”

Though not a lot of details regarding Heckert’s arrest were made public, the typical penalties for a DUI arrest in Colorado include jail time, license suspension and mandatory fines. Furthermore, the NFL also has its own internal consequences for DUI arrests, such as suspensions and fines.

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John Elway Successor Arrested for DUI

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The rumored heir apparent to John Elway’s vice presidency of the Denver Broncos was arrested for a DUI over the weekend. Matt Russell, the director of player personnel for the Denver Broncos, was arrested for drunk driving, careless driving, an open container violation and failure to show proof of insurance.

Russell was apparently involved in an accident in Frisco, CO and somehow managed to continue to drive into the town of Breckenridge. There, Russell crashed into a police car, injuring an officer. It was then Russell was charged with driving under the influence.

Colorado DUI laws are a bit more complicated than other states. Because of Colorado’s per se law, you can be charged with a DWAI (driving while ability impaired) even if your BAC is .05 and you were able to pass a field sobriety test. Compared to other states, it’s a pretty strict law. This is why we always recommend getting a DUI attorney if you’re arrested in Colorado because it is all too easy to lose your license or spend time in jail. To find a lawyer in CO, click this link!

Actor / Musician Cody Longo Arrested for DUI

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The young actor on the Nickelodeon television show, Hollywood Heights, has been arrested for a DUI early Friday morning in Los Angeles.

Cody Longo was spotted by police after they witnessed him driving erratically and flashing high beams at other drivers. They pulled him over. When they suspected him to be under the influence, they asked Longo to perform a field sobriety test. Longo failed.

Following, police performed a BAC test and Longo’s blood alcohol content was .2%. The legal limit in CA is .08%.

Longo was arrested and later released from jail on $15,000 bail.

A representative for Longo states, “This was an unfortunate misunderstanding. Cody takes it very seriously as his focus is music and acting.”

The consequences for a DUI in Los Angeles include jail time, a license suspension, expensive fines and the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI anywhere in the United States, 1 800 DUI Laws can help you find an attorney. Fill out this simple form and talk to an attorney by Monday!

Farrah Abraham To Get Probation

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The reality star of Teen Mom 2, Farrah Abraham, will be pleading guilty to a reckless DUI in order to avoid jail.

Farrah Abraham was arrested in March for a DUI and pleaded not guilty. She even appeared on Dr. Phil and said she was innocent.

However, today she and her attorney made an agreement with the judge that if she pleads guilty, she’ll be able to avoid jail.

This is often the outcome of many DUI cases. As a substitute for jail, you have to serve probation.

Probation can last up to a couple of years. It includes attending alcohol education classes or seeking treatment for substance abuse. You may be required to submit to mandatory drug tests. It also may include community service, morgue duty or traffic school. Similar to most DUI punishments, Farrah’s probation will also a license suspension.

This is in addition to required fines that she will have to pay.

By looking at Farrah’s case, you should know that it is possible to avoid jail after a DUI. However, you do need the help of an experienced DUI attorney to do so. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, contact a lawyer today. 1 800 DUI Laws can help!


Chicago Bears’ Evan Rodriguez Gets DUI

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The fullback for the Chicago Bears, Evan Rodriguez, has been arrested for driving under the influence in Chicago. This is his second arrest within a few months and Rodriguez made a statement expressing his remorse over his poor decision-making.

Rodriguez was arrested for driving under the influence at a traffic stop early Friday morning. He was stopped at I-90 near Hubbard.

This arrest comes just mere months after a former arrest in Florida. Rodriguez was arrested for resisting an officer and disorderly intoxication. This arrest came as a result of a traffic incident, but Rodriguez was a passenger.

“I am deeply sorry for the incident that occurred the other night,” Rodriguez states. “I want to apologize to the entire Bears organization, my teammates, coaches and Bears fans everywhere. I realize I made a very poor decision. I know that more is expected of me, and that I let a lot of people down that are counting on me. I will make positive changes in my life so that this doesn’t happen again.”

Oftentimes after a DUI, an offender can avoid jail if they promise to seek treatment and attend traffic classes. However, the best way to avoid jail after a DUI arrest is to hire an attorney to help you get a better outcome. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, find an attorney today and see how you can avoid jail.