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Fatal Boating Accident in NY Leads to Unexpected Imposition of DUI Statute

NEW YORK – A fatal speedboat accident in New York has lead a judge to implement a vehicular homicide charge, marking the first time the statute is used in connection to a boating accident.

The boater, Brian Andreski, pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide after being involved in the boating under the influence (BUI) accident. Prosecutors say he had been operating his 25-foot vessel while under the influence of on the morning of June 23 when he crashed into a fishing vessel, subsequently killing fisherman Christopher Mannino.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, who was presiding over the case, implemented the state’s aggravated vehicular homicide law, which is intended for drivers whose blood alcohol level (BAC) is at least 0.18 percent at the time of a crash, if their license is suspended or revoked, or when more than one person is seriously injured or killed.

Spota says that while applying the law to a boating accident is a “novel” tactic, the severity of the crimes warranted drastic measures to be taken.

Andreski’s BAC level was 0.18 percent after the crash, over twice the legal limit in the state of .08 percent. He now faces up to 32 years in prison for multiple charges, including vehicular manslaughter, reckless operation of a vessel and misdemeanor DUI.

Senator Charles Fuschillo responded to the DUI accident, saying he plans to introduce a legislation that would increase penalties for boaters who operate watercrafts while under the influence. The law would lead boater’s whose blood alcohol level is .18 percent or higher to be charged with a new crime, aggravated BUI, which would mean watercraft operators will need to solicit the help […]

By |September 14th, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

Rick Springfield’s DUI Case Ends with Plea Bargain

Rick Springfield’s DUI case has come to an end, and the infamous rocker walked away pretty unscathed.

Springfield ended up pleading no contest to reckless driving, avoiding the jail time that would have been associated to his 2011 DUI arrest in Malibu.

The singer was pulled over May 1 of last year for speeding on Pacific Coast Highway. As part of his sentence, he will serve three years’ probation and attend a three-month alcohol-education program.

According to authorities, Springfield’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level was of .10 percent at the time of his arrest, which is over the legal limit of .08percent.

In addition, Springfield allegedly threatened to kill an officer if he were to have his 1963 Corvette Stingray towed from the crime scene. Luckily, authorities did not press charges over the threats.

“Drunks say things all the time, and they say things that are ridiculous, notorious and vicious to cops,” said L.A. County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore. “Our job is to get them off the street so they don’t hurt other people. We don’t take whatever they say seriously. It is rare that we get someone on a DUI that isn’t abusive.”

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By |August 10th, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

Alaska Man Charged with DUI for Operating Water Raft While Under the Influence

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – a Juneau man was charged with DUI after allegedly floating on an inflatable rift with an extreme blood-alcohol content (BAC) level.

Police received calls regarding a “heavily intoxicated” man who was floating down the Chena River. When investigators arrived on scene, they took the man’s BAC percent and determined it was well over the limit.

Authorities report 32-year-old rafter William Modene’s BAC level was 0.313 percent at the time of his arrest – nearly four times the legal limit of .08 percent.

Because Alaska DUI laws apply to anyone operating a motor vehicle, airplane and water craft, including a raft, Modene was arrested for operating while intoxicated.

Police added that “Modene had been floating on the river for the day and consuming alcoholic beverages the entire time.”

A DUI conviction has the power to completely ruin a motorist’s life. Punishments can vary in severity, but those who are convicted of driving under the influence can expect to pay hefty fines, have their driver’s license revoked, be ordered to perform community service, and may even be sent to jail.

Not to worry though, drunk driving lawyers make it their mission to ensure you walk away from your case with the best possible resolution. Oftentimes, motorists are unfairly arrested for intoxication without sufficient proof or because a faulty breath test was used. If this is your case, you can be sure your DUI attorney will fight for your rights. They will investigate the incident and if they find any evidence that you were unjustly charged, your DUI lawyer will work diligently to have your charges dismissed.

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

Newton County Teacher Arrested for Drug and Alcohol Intoxication

NEWTON COUNTY – A Newton County teacher has been placed on leave after being arrested for DUI in Rockdale County on April 21.

Kathern Laura Green, a language arts teacher at Newton County High School, was charged with driving under the influence, possession of cocaine, failure to maintain lane, and driving with an open container.

Green, 36, was pulled over after a Rockdale County deputy clocked her driving 59 mph in a 45 mph zone. Green denied she had been drinking, but a blood alcohol sensor test registered her BAC level at .14 percent, when the legal limit is .08 percent.

The deputy also found a cup of red wine and a plastic bag containing roughly 2 grams of powder cocaine in her vehicle.

Green was then arrested and charged her with DUI. She was held in the Rockdale County jail for three days before being released.

Since the incident, Green has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the results of the investigation.

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By |May 11th, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

Arizona Mom Arrested for DUI with Kids in Car

LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ – A Mohave County mom was arrested for DUI while her children were in the vehicle.

Authorities say a witness in Lake Havasu City contacted police to report a woman who appeared to be drunk driving a black Dodge van with children inside. According to the witness, the suspect was overheard saying she and the kids were on the way to Bullhead City.

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle and noticed it was swerving within its lane. Authorities then pulled the woman over near Jerome.

When deputies approached the suspect, Jessica Camp, they claim to have smelled alcohol and noticed two children in the back seat, ages 11 and 13.

Camp admitted to having a drink earlier that day and was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. A blood alcohol content test later revealed her BAC level was .271 percent, which is over three times the legal limit. In Arizona, those having such a high BAC percent while driving are charged with aggravated DUI.

The children were released to their father following Camp’s DUI arrest.

Driving under the influence is a serious crime that can have life-long negative consequences for those who are convicted. Punishments may include expensive fines and fees, driver’s license revocation, community service, or worst of all, jail time. If you have been arrested for drunken driving, speak to a leading DUI attorney in Arizona immediately to contest your charges.

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