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Virginia Man with 12th DUI Gets 7 Year Jail Sentence, But Is That Enough?

Spotsylvania, VA- A 44 year-old Virginia man has been sentenced for his 12th DUI and will be serving seven years in jail as a result.

In August of this year, David Apraham was arrested for drunken driving and driving on a suspended license, at the time he refused a blood alcohol test.

After he was arrested police discovered that he has previous DUI convictions in Virginia, Alabama and Mississippi. In addition to those convictions, he has drunk driving charges pending in North Carolina and Washington State.

Spotsylvania Deputy Prosecutor Tom Shaia said that Apraham was supposed to be on house arrest when he was arrested for his latest DUI charge in Virginia.

Virginia has some of the country’s toughest DUI laws but it these laws do little to address the problems of repeat offenses. The fact is that no matter how many years of jail a person faces, it simply isn’t enough to stop them.

The majority of people who get arrested for DUI, are not repeat offenders, going through the courts and dealing with the many headaches that follow this charge are often enough to keep them from ever doing that again.

When you have been arrested for DUI, whether it is your first or second offense it is possible to beat a conviction or get a lesser charge as long as you hire a skilled DUI attorney to begin working on your case immediately.

By |November 7th, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

Chicago Man Arrested For His 15th DUI – Will He Ever Get Off The Road?

CHICAGO – While most people change their ways after getting caught drinking and driving the first time, one Elgin man just doesn’t seem to understand the severity of a DUI charge.

After 15 DUIs and four revoked licenses, nothing seems to deter Juan Diaz from getting on the roadways while under the influence. Diaz was most recently pulled over on Oct. 20 as Diaz after Elgin police spotted him swerving his white Econoline van west on I-90.

Although officers realized he was intoxicated, it wasn’t until Diaz was taken to a Kane County police station and fingerprinted that his slew of previous arrests came to light. According to officers, Diaz has used as many as eight aliases to evade law enforcement officials. A system search found several names matching up with Diaz’ face, leading officers to realize he had multiple fake licenses.

“How someone could accumulate that many arrests and still be driving, I don’t know,” said Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Diaz is facing between six and 30 years in jail with no chance of probation. He is now being charged with a Class X felony DUI since he has incurred over six DUI convictions.

While 15 DUIs is excessive and warrants an arrest, there are many motorists that are charged with DUI unfairly. Either the officer used a faulty breath test or arrested the driver on suspicion of intoxication alone. If this has happened to you, turn to a DUI lawyer immediately to file a case and protect your rights.

DUI lawyers see to it that your case resolves with the best possible outcome and will do everything possible to get your charges lowered or […]

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

Alabama Police Respond to Shooting But Find a DUI Zombie Instead

Birmingham, AL- Early Thursday morning, Birmingham police got a call that a woman was possibly shot, but when they arrived they found a woman, wearing a blood soaked zombie costume, slumped behind the wheel of her SUV.

AL.com reported that a witness called police after they saw what appeared to be a wounded slumped over her steering wheel at a Birmingham intersection around 8:15 a.m. this morning.

When police arrived they determined that this wasn’t a shooting, instead, police said, they suspected woman still dressed in her Halloween costume, a pregnant zombie, was drunk. They roused the woman and placed her under arrest.

The front of the woman’s costume was covered in blood, so it is understandable that witnesses believed she had been shot.

Zombies are all the rage on Halloween thanks to movies and popular zombie shows like the Walking Dead. Speaking off, recently one of the stars of this popular show was also arrested for DUI.

In the past Halloween has been considered a child’s holiday. But it is most American adults consider it a time to party and take on another identity. It is often marked by parties and heavy drinking so it’s no surprise that police across the country arrested numerous drunken ghouls and goblins on Halloween night.

If you are one of those unlucky people facing a DUI charge, you will need legal representation; it’s the only way to assure you that a judge won’t give you a harsh penalty. Since a DUI attorney has specialized skills, they are highly-qualified to help you with an intoxicated driving charge and will work diligently to help you avoid a conviction.

By |November 1st, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

Florida Man Facing DUI after Crashing Into Fire Truck Responding to an Emergency

St. Petersburg, FL- A St. Petersburg man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he crashed into a fire truck responding to a medical emergency.

According to News 10, just before 2 a.m., a fire truck was traveling through an intersection at 8th Street North and 1st Avenue North with all emergency lights and sirens on, when it was struck by an incoming car.

Police said that Terry Robert McFarland, 26, ran a red light at the intersection, crashing into the rear of the truck. The impact pushed the rescue vehicle over on its side.

Two firefighters became trapped and had to be extricated. They were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

McFarland was not injured, but his passenger was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

In the course of their investigation, police discovered that McFarland driving on a suspended license and he was under the influence.  He has been charged with DUI and a red-light infraction.

Even with knowing that a DUI charge is a serious criminal offense, people still fail to follow the law and tempt fate. There is the chance that a driver can get away with drunk driving once or twice but eventually they will get caught and when they do a solid defense is their only way to stop a conviction and keep them from serving time in jail.

If you have been charged with intoxicated driving it is in your best interest to contact a DUI attorney to help you with your case. When you have an advocate in court, it is possible to have the charges reduced to a lesser charge and keep the judge from handing down […]

By |October 30th, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

Kentucky Collision Gets One Man A DUI Charge

A Nashville man was charged with driving under the influence after being involved in a car crash Sunday morning on Interstate 65 in Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Lonnie Hodges responded to the scene of the accident around 8 a.m. near the 44 mile marker on I-65 at the Barren/Edmonson county line. The intoxicated driver, Tony Farris, 51, of Nashville, had been heading north on I-65 in the emergency lane when he crashed into the guardrail of the highway.

Farris was taken into custody and charged with DUI and possession of alcohol. In addition, he was also cited for not wearing a seat belt and for driving without insurance.

Farris was placed in a cell at the Hart County Jail and his bond is set at $500.

Police are continuing to investigate the DUI accident.

A DUI, driving under the influence, charge is incurred when a motorist operates a motor vehicle while intoxicated on alcohol or drugs. Drivers who are convicted of DUI face strict penalties, including costly fines, having their license suspended or revoked, having their vehicle impounded, being ordered to install an ignition interlock device, or even being sent to prison. Although it may seem like the end of the world to be arrested for DUI, help is available. If you were arrested recently for intoxicated driving,  turn to a top DUI lawyer to discuss your options and file a case.

DUI lawyers will fight for your rights and work diligently to make sure your charges are either significantly diminished or dropped altogether. If your criminal attorney discovers you were unfairly charged, rest assured they will stop at nothing until you walk away from your case with a […]

By |October 29th, 2012|DUI News|1 Comment|