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Alcohol Causes One Boater to be Sent to Prison

While many believe that getting arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is something that pertains only to car operation, boating under the influence, or BUI, is a very real and very serious crime. Recently, an Orlando boat dealer was sentenced to six years in prison after operating a boat under the influence of alcohol, which led to someone’s death.

Mark David Watts, 51, the owner of Liquid Sports Marine, was sentenced for his role in the July 30, 2006 accident that resulted in the death of 20-year-old Shelby Harper, as well as several injuries to other victims.

Watts was operating his speed boat while under the influence of alcohol on Lake Irma in east Orange County at around 4:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. Watts met Harper and some of her friends at the nightclub Roxy’s and Watts invited them to his and his wife’s home after the club closed.

Some of the people who went back to Watt’s home refused to get in the boat after seeing him fall in the water because of his intoxication level, but Harper and some of her friends still got on. When Watts finally started the boat, he sped off without turning on his lights and crashed into a dock. Some of the passengers were injured while Harper suffered a broken neck. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she died of her injuries.

Watts admitted to having eight alcoholic drinks before operating his boat that night. He got six years in prison but there are times in which motorists accused of being intoxicated are unfairly charged. If you have been arrested for BUI or […]

By |November 6th, 2012|DUI News|1 Comment|

Fast Food Or Fast Arrest? A Rock Hill Man Gets More Than He Bargained For At A Fast Food Chain

Fast Food service doesn’t always mean you get your meal quickly, sometimes, it also lets you get arrested pretty easily too. For one 24-year-old Rock Hill man, the age-old question “Do you want fries with that?” just got bumped up to “Would you like a DUI charge with that?” as well.

The driver in question, Antonio Kirk, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after passing out in the drive-thru lane at a Cook-Out restaurant at around 2 a.m. Saturday.

Officers had been flagged down at the fast food joint because someone had been seen passed out in the driver’s seat of a car parked in one of the restaurant lanes. Officers approached the vehicle and had to knock on the window several times before Kirk woke up in what police say was “a confused manner.”

Kirk claims he was tired after working a 16 hour day and fell asleep waiting for his girlfriend. However, police noticed a “strong odor” of alcohol coming from Kirk and asked him to take a field sobriety test. Kirk refused, claiming that the “tests were made for people to fail them,” and also refused to provide a breath sample. Officers then charged Kirk with DUI.

This isn’t Kirk’s first brush with the law however, he has a prior DUI conviction from October 2011. Not only did Kirk get fries with his DUI order, but he definitely supersized to Second Offense DUI.

Looks like he is going to need to upgrade even more and add a DUI lawyer to his order in order to ensure his penalties for a Second Offense DUI arrest are not exorbitant.

By |October 8th, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

Delaware Man Sees Elephant in the Road, Gets Arrested for 7th DUI

New Castle, DE- A Delaware man, arrested for his 7th DUI, tells police an elephant in the road caused him to crash his car, according to NBC News.

Samuel Phipps, 31, was traveling on 1-295 Friday night when he drove his Land Rover off of the left side of the road and crashed into a guardrail.

When the responding officer arrived on the scene, he believed that Phipps was intoxicated. Phipps admitted to investigators that he had smoked marijuana dipped in PCP before he began to drive.

At the scene, Phipps told the officer that he crashed because he saw an elephant running in front of his vehicle and he swerved to avoid it.

Phipps was charged with his 7th DUI and driving without the required insurance.

Even though the Department of Transportation has found that marijuana impairs driving only occasionally, as opposed to alcohol which consistently inhibits driving skills, a person who is driving “stoned” can still be charged with intoxicated driving, making it crucial for the offender to hire an experienced DUI attorney.

In Delaware, a 7th DUI arrest carries a jail sentence of no less than 10 years and no more than 15 years. The fines can cost as much as $10,000. With an effective defense, a repeat DUI offender may be able to make a deal for a lesser charge or try to convince the court to reduce their penalties if conviction is inevitable.

By |October 2nd, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

It’s the Squirrel’s fault; Florida man blames the Small Animal for his DUI Arrest

Clay County, FL- A 23 year-old Florida man is blaming a squirrel for his DUI arrest on U.S. 17 late Saturday night.

The Clay County police department received a complaint about an erratic driver around 11:30 p.m. The caller was driving on U.S. 17 near Black Creek Bridge when a truck almost hit them.

When a deputy caught up with the erratic driver, he observed the driver leave roadway on the passenger’s side. The driver was finally stopped after he almost hit a parked vehicle head-on.

Once the driver was pulled over, the driver Warren Michael III told the officer that “he had a squirrel eating him,” a showed the officer the small animal wrapped in his shirt.

During the discussion about the squirrel, the officer detected a smell of alcohol and noticed that Michael’s eyes were bloodshot. He was then asked to submit to field sobriety tests which he performed poorly, resulting in his arrest for DUI.

Michael’s girlfriend was called to the scene to take both the squirrel and his vehicle. She repeatedly told the arresting officer she warned Michael that he was too drunk to drive. She obviously didn’t realize that she was providing more evidence to prosecute Michael with DUI.

To stop a DUI conviction, anyone facing this charge must have a strong defense strategy which takes a highly-skilled DUI attorney. Legal expertise makes it possible to get a DUI charged reduced or minimize the resulting penalties.

By |September 24th, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

Alcohol to Blame for Fatal Texas Crash

SAN ANTONIO, TX – A 26-year-old father has been killed following a driving under the influence car crash in San Antonio.

The victim, Justin Lambaria, was killed after the vehicle he was a passenger in hit a concrete median and flipped into a creek on Shaenfield Road just after 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to Lambaria’s aunt, Rachel Camarano, the family is still in shock over their tragic loss.

“He was taken so soon from all of us,” said Camarano. “We will love him and miss him.”

Lambaria leaves behind two children.

According to the family, the man driving the vehicle is 26-year-old Jordan Lopez. He was taken to University Hospital following the accident and is recovering.

Police explain Lopez smelled of alcohol  at the scene of the DUI crash.  Lopez was charged with DUI manslaughter while recovering at the hospital and his bond is set at $50,000.

Driving under the influence is a serious crime, which may lead those accused to undergo punishments like being ordered to install an interlock ignition device, having their license revoked, and even going to jail.  However, DUI charge can be contested. If you were arrested for DUI, speak to a DUI lawyer immediately to contest your charges right away.

DUI attorneys do whatever it takes to make sure your case ends positively. Your lawyer will investigate the incident and determine if you were unfairly charged.  Many times, motorists are charged with DUI without sufficient evidence , but DUI defense lawyers can help you contest this. Your DUI attorney will not let you suffer punishments for a crime there is no proof you committed.

Call a top DUI attorney today to discuss your options and get started on your […]

By |September 21st, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|