Woman Arrested for DUI Three Times in One Week

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Hopefully this will be the wake up call that will result in her turning her life around. Kimberly Micheloni of Douglas County, Colorado, was arrested for a DUI three times within one week.

Micheloni, 40, who works as an office manager for the IRS, was first arrested on May 13, 2014. Not only is she facing DUI charges from this arrest, she will also be facing charges of child abuse because she was driving her 14-year-old daughter. In many states it is a felony to drive drunk with a child in the vehicle and this type of charge can result in a possible mandatory jail sentence.

The next day, May 14, Micheloni was arrested for driving drunk again. Then, on May 20, 2014, Micheloni was arrested for a third time. She was also charged with careless driving and two counts of contempt of court.

Micheloni is currently behind bars on a $225,000 bond. In a jailhouse interview, Micheloni told reporters that she is currently taking prescription medication, which may be the reason for her reckless driving.

“I’m so sorry and if I hurt anyone it was wrong, it was just wrong,” Micheloni told reporters.

In many states a third DUI results in felony charges. In addition to possible jail time, many third time offenders are required to seek treatment, pay expensive fines, and have their driving privileges revoked.

No matter what type of DUI charge your are facing, it’s important to speak with a DUI lawyer right away. A DUI lawyer can guide you through the judicial process and help make sense of what is happening in and out of the courtroom. Find an attorney today.

Source: NY Daily News

 

Another Florida Judge Arrested for a DUI

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Something is happening with the judges in Broward County, Florida where they aren’t practicing what the law is preaching. A third Broward County judge has been arrested for a DUI within six months. Irony aside, this arrest shows that a DUI arrest can happen to anyone, no matter what walk of life.

Circuit Judge Lynn Rosenthal was arrested for a DUI on the morning of Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Apparently, at around 8 am, Rosenthal hit a vehicle belonging to the Sheriff’s Office that was parked in the courthouse parking lot.

Not a lot of details have been released about the incident, but Rosenthal was shortly arrested after the accident and taken to Broward Main Jail.

Rosenthal bas been a Broward County judge since 2012. She was appointed by Governor Rick Scott. She had previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney working cases that involved trafficking, money laundering, human smuggling, fraud and other federal crimes.

As mentioned earlier, this is the third DUI case involving a Broward County judge in the past six months. In November 2013, Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato was arrested in Boca Raton. Her case is still pending.

Earlier this month, Judge Gisele Pollack was arrested for a DUI where she actually injured another driver. She was charged with 4 counts of DUI and failure to use due care. She has since been suspended from the bench and is currently under investigation for possibly performing her job while under the influence.

Not only could Judge Rosenthal face a suspension from her job, she could also be facing possible jail time and a license suspension, depending on her case.

Source: Sun-Sentinel

 

Nassau County Brings Back DWI Enforcement Team

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If you’re located or spend a lot of time driving in Nassau County, New York, you should expect to be seeing more DWI patrols on the road. Nassau County has reimplemented it’s Selective Enforcement Team, or SET, to combat the growing numbers of drunk drivers.

SET was in effect from 2008 to 2011. On Thursday, May 22, 2014, District Attorney Kathleen Rice and County Executive Edward Mangano issued a statement saying that the newly established SET unit will now be called the DWI Alcohol-Related Incident Team. The team will be conducting more DWI checkpoints and enforce roving patrols in areas known for DWI-related incidents.

Marge Lee, the president of the group, Drive Educated Drive Informed Commit and Totally End Drunk Driving, believes that the DWI Alcohol-Related Incident Team is an indication that “clearly the county’s gone back to the drawing board and is looking for ways to make our roads safe. I’m very excited to hear the county’s bringing back SET.”

Rice and Mangano stated that the funding for the DWI Alcohol-Related Incident Team will come from police and prosecutors’ asset forfeiture funds or money taken in connection with criminal investigations. This amounts to $1 million.

Additionally, Nassau police plan on training more officers in the field of DWI enforcement as well as add staff members to its program that sniffs out drugged drivers. It also aims to add more breath testers.

“Nassau County’s new DWI Alcohol-Related Incident Team, together with the re-established Selective Enforcement Team, will be targeting drunk drivers – - not just this Memorial Day weekend but all year round – - looking to prevent senseless alcohol-related accidents and locking up those who break the law,” Mangano stated.

Source: Newsday

 

Don’t Get a DUI This Memorial Day Weekend

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You may be looking forward to celebrating the start of summer this Memorial Day weekend. We’re sure many of you will be attending barbecues and other events that may possibly involve alcoholic beverages. The rate of DUI incidents typically skyrockets during Memorial Day weekend. Many people drink way past their limit, resulting in a DUI arrest and possibly a tragic consequence.

The police are quite aware that drunk drivers are rampant on Memorial Day weekend. You may have heard through your local news that police will be increasing their enforcement this weekend. Whether it is through DUI checkpoints or saturation patrols, it is a smart idea to expect more cops on the roads this weekend. Many states are implementing anti-DUI campaigns this weekend that may potentially last throughout the summer.

Your chances of getting a DUI are greatly increased, no matter who you are or what kind of car you drive. The sad truth is that a DUI can happen to anyone. The only control you have over not getting a DUI is by abstaining from drugs, alcoholic beverages or any substance that contains alcohol in it.

If you are attending an event, be sure to designate a sober driver. Better yet, use a transportation service such as a taxi or Uber to take you to and from your event. Use your judgement. If you or anyone you know has anything to drink and if you have any doubt that it may be unsafe to drive, don’t get behind the wheel.

However, even with smart planning, sometimes people make a mistake. They use poor judgement and still manage to get behind the wheel. It happens. It’s inexcusable but it does happen.

If you do get pulled over by the cops, be sure to be as cooperative as possible. Don’t act belligerent, even if the officer is behaving in a way that may tempt you to get angry. Acting aggressive or being argumentative or violent can possibly result in a charge for resisting arrest.

Remember, you do not have to answer any questions without a lawyer present. While you are required to state your name and hand the officer your paperwork, you are within your right to remain silent. Be sure to do so in a way that is as polite as possible.

It’s important to know that in many states refusing to take a blood alcohol concentration test (in the form of a blood or breathalyzer test) may result in a charge and automatic license suspension. While it may not be required to take a field sobriety test, it may be required for an officer to measure how much alcohol is in your system.

Above all, use common sense this weekend. Don’t drink and drive. If you do get in trouble, it’s not too late to use common sense. Be cooperative with the officers and talk to an attorney right away who can help you with your DUI charges.

Happy Memorial Day!

What’s the Difference Between Traffic School and DUI School?

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There is often confusion about the difference between DUI school and traffic school. Many people think they are one in the same but actually they are quite different. A person who gets arrested for drunk driving is often required to attend DUI school. A person with a traffic violation is required to attend traffic school. Now, if you get arrested for a DUI and also have charges for a traffic violation, you may have to attend traffic school in addition to DUI school. It may be a requirement in order to get your license reinstated. However, it all depends on your case.

Unlike DUI school, traffic school may not necessarily be ordered by the judge. Many people opt to take traffic school to erase their poor driving record or to lower their auto insurance rates. However, other people who are ordered to attend traffic school by a judge may do so to avoid paying the expensive fines that result from a traffic violation. Many traffic schools are now being offered online.

In traffic school, students learn about defensive driving techniques and traffic laws. They learn ways to prevent automobile accidents as well as the effects drugs and alcohol can have on driving. A multiple-choice exam typically comes at the end of traffic school. The student receives a certificate of completion that they may be required to show to the judge or their auto insurance company.

DUI school is much different from traffic school. Most of the time, DUI offenders are ordered to attend DUI school as part of their probation. How long one must attend DUI school depends on the case. If someone has multiple DUI offenses or a high BAC, they may be required to attend more classes than if they were a one-time offender with a lower BAC.

In DUI school, you typically learn about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and ways to abstain from drinking or taking drugs. You may be required to participate in discussions and quite often members of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous lead talks on how you can get involved in local chapters. Staying sober is a requirement of DUI school and you may be subject to sobriety tests while you attend.

Attendance is key when it comes to DUI school. Unlike traffic school, you may not necessarily be required to take a test at the end of the session. You’re often graded on attendance and participation. Failing to attend all of your classes may result in a probation violation or even a warrant for your arrest.

Similar to traffic school, DUI school students receive a certificate of completion once they have finished their classes. It’s very important to hang on to this certificate in case you need to use it as proof to their judge or your auto insurance company.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI and are required to attend DUI school, you may be required to enroll within a certain amount of time. It’s important to enroll as soon as possible so you can avoid a probation violation. Luckily, 1 800 DUI Laws can help. We have a listing of DUI and DWI education programs throughout the country. Find a DUI school near you today.

 

New Teen Alcohol Craze: Vaping

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No matter what the statistics, the dangers of teens getting drunk and getting behind the wheel are serious. Recently, experts have noticed a new way teens have been getting intoxicated. It’s through a process called vaping.

Vaping is not to be confused with the smokeless cigarette trend. Vaping is a process where teens are inhaling the vapors of alcohol. It causes them to get drunker, faster.

“When you vaporize it or ‘vape’ it, it goes directly into your bloodstream. They’re doing a whole lot of alcohol,” stated Dr. Stephen Dewey.

When you drink alcohol, the body absorbs it over time. (Learn more about how the body responds to alcohol.) However, with vaping, the alcohol is inhaled immediately. This causes the person to get intoxicated much quicker than normal. It also causes the user to stay drunk longer.

Dr. Dewey also stated that there is a bigger risk of alcohol poisoning with vaping.

“You can’t vomit it out, so it becomes much more toxic. That means the levels in your blood are higher, faster. The likelihood that it will kill you is greater the higher the dose in the blood, so vaping will kill you much faster than drinking it will.”

Additionally, when a person partakes in vaping, there is a rush of alcohol to the brain. Researchers believe that this makes vaping much more addictive than regular drinking.

“For the adolescent it’s very exciting because the effects are immediate, and, which meets their impulsive nature. And so this is something that they’re very into right now,” stated adolescent addiction specialist, John Corbet.

Source: CBS Local

 

Ohio Superintendent Arrested for OVI (DUI)

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If you work in the field of education, it’s important to act fast if you’ve been arrested for a DUI. Oftentimes, a DUI can result in the suspension of your professional license, in addition to your driver’s license. This can substantially hurt your career.

This is why it is absolutely necessary to hire an experienced DUI lawyer if you’ve been charged with drunk driving. Your job can be at stake with a DUI arrest on your record. This is currently what a superintendent of schools is facing in Chester Township, Ohio.

Stephen L. Thompson, who serves as the superintendent of the Willoughby-Eastlake school district, was involved in a crash at around 2:30 am on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The crash occurred on state Route 306 and Mayfield Road.

Police arrived to the scene and took Thompson’s blood alcohol concentration. His BAC measured at .17 percent. The legal limit in Ohio is .08.

Thompson was arrested and charged with an OVI (operating a vehicle impaired), failing to maintain an assured clear distance and having a high blood alcohol concentration. Thompson posted a $750 bond and has since been released from jail. Thompson is due to appear in Chardon Municipal Court before Judge Terri Stupica on Friday, May 23. 2-14.

Additionally, the Willoughby-Eastlake school board will meet to determine the future of Thompson’s position.

Again, if you work in the field of education, it’s important to act right away if you’ve been arrested for a DUI. Visit 1 800 DUI Laws and find an attorney near you.

Source: WKYC

Former OK Senator Facing DUI and Bribery Charges

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It’s tough getting arrested for a DUI. It can be a very emotional experience. However, if there’s one thing we recommend, it’s cooperating with the police officers. Not cooperating with officers can get you in a lot of trouble and you can end up facing additional charges. This is exactly what happened to former Oklahoma state senator Cal Hobson over the weekend.

Hobson, the former leader of the Oklahoma Senate, was driving his car in Noble, OK. He was clearly under the influence, as a police officer witnessed him swerving. The officer pulled him over and gave Hobson a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test.

Hobson’s BAC was .27 percent. With the legal limit being .08 percent, his BAC was more than three times the legal limit.

Police arrested Hobson. However, while he was in the squad car, Hobson attempted to bribe the arresting officer. Hobson offered the officer $50,000 to release him.

As a result, Hobson will be facing additional charges of attempting to bribe a police officer in addition to his drunk driving charges. This could mean that Hobson may have to spend time behind bars, pay expensive fines, perform community service and quite possibly lose his license.

Court records have shown that Hobson has yet to hire an attorney. Let’s hope he does so soon. No matter what happens during your DUI arrest and even if you are faced with additional charges, you should always find a skilled attorney to help you with your case. An attorney will look over your case and make sure your rights are still in tact. Don’t go into court alone. Find a DUI lawyer as soon as possible.

Source: KTUL.com

DWI Offender Throws Beer Can Out of Window

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Police officers are trained to look for the signs of a drunk driver. Is the driver driving erratically? Are they speeding or swerving? Did they nearly get in an accident?

However, 24-year-old Mikol Rockwood of Irving, New York, made things a bit easier for police. While Rockwood was driving down Wade Hill Road in Ellington, New York, he proceeded to open his window and throw an empty beer can out. Police witnessed this event and proceeded to pull Rockwood over.

When they approached Rockwood’s vehicle, police could easily tell he was under the influence. They could smell alcohol coming from Rockwood’s car. Police proceeded to give Rockwood a field sobriety test, which he failed. They later gave him a blood alcohol concentration test where Rockwood’s BAC measured .13 percent. The legal limit in the state of New York is .08 percent.

However, what is also important is that Rockwood was transporting a 17-year-old passenger. You may not have known but New York recently passed a new law known as Leandra’s Law. Leandra’s Law makes any DWI charge a felony if the offender is transporting a minor in their vehicle. Therefore, Rockwood will be facing felony DWI charges.

Learn more about New York DWI laws.

In addition to his felony DWI charges, Rockwood was also charged with felony first degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawfully dealing with a child (because apparently he gave his passenger alcohol) and the unlawful possession of marijuana.

If convicted, Rockwood could face some serious jail time, in addition to losing his driving privileges.

Source: WIVB.com

 

Man Arrested for DUI on ATV

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All-terrain vehicles are certainly cool. But, you know what’s not cool? Getting a DUI on one of them. This is exactly what happened to Jerrod Ivy of McDowell County, West Virginia as he was arrested for a felony DUI on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

At around 4:30 pm, Trooper B.D. Gillespie spotted Ivy speeding on his ATV on Route 52. Gillespie initiated a traffic stop. However, according to the police report, Ivy “…attempted to flee while driving recklessly, for approximately one mile, on US Route 52, in the northbound lane, before the ATV came to a stop.”

Gillespie approached the ATV and noticed that “the defendant’s eyes were red and the defendant had an aroma, of what appeared to be an alcoholic beverage upon his breath.”

Gillespie proceeded to give Ivy a breath test, which Ivy failed.

Ivy was taken to the police station. While at the station, Ivy handed an officer a baggie with medication in it. Ivy claimed that the pills were for his acid reflux. However, the officer later learned that the pills were actually hydrocodone.

Ivy was charged with his third DUI, driving on a revoked license and fleeing a trooper while under the influence. He is also being charged with reckless driving, obstructing, unlawful possession, speeding, operating an ATV on a roadway and driving with no insurance.

If convicted, Ivy could be facing some serious jail time in addition to probation, losing his license and expensive fines.

If you’re currently facing DUI charges, let 1 800 DUI Laws help you. Find an experienced DUI lawyer near you today.

Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph