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New Virginia Law Requires Breathalyzers on all DUI Offender Vehicles

03 09 2012 DUI Lawyers NEWS BloggingVIRGINIA – Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell signed into law Thursday that will mandate all convicted DUI offenders to pass a breath test in order to start their cars.

Virginia law already requires ignition interlock devices for repeat DUI offenders or for those who incur a first DUI charge but their blood-alcohol content level exceeds 0.15 percent.

Under the new law, sponsored by Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) and Del. Salvatore R. Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), breathalyzer devices will be installed on the cars of all DUI convicts, even first time offenders.

Driving under the influence is a serious crime, punishable with several penalties including having to pay expensive fines, losing one’s license, having to perform community service, and worst of all, going to jail. Moreover, a DUI conviction can also affect a convict’s personal life, hindering their chances of getting a job and also affecting their civil rights. Luckily though, drunk driving charges can be contested. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, speak to a leading drunk driving lawyer right away to file a claim.

Drunk driving lawyers do whatever it takes to ensure your case ends with the best possible outcome. They will investigate the incident thoroughly and if they find evidence that you were unfairly charged, rest assured your case will be dismissed. Your drunk driving lawyer will not allow you to suffer punishment for a crime there is no evidence you committed.

Even if you were in fact driving while intoxicated, your drunk driving lawyer will see to it that your charges are either significantly […]

By |March 12th, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

New Arizona state law reduces sentence for first time offenders

PHOENIX, AZ – A new state law in Arizona will make it easier for first-time DUI offenders to get off the hook.

The law will reduce the sentence for first-time offenders to keep an ignition-interlock device on their vehicle from one year to six months. Lawmakers believe this is a sufficient period of time for first offenders to realize their mistakes.

Although Arizona has some of the strictest rules in the nation against drunken driving, the reduction in sentencing is not that much of a pardon. The state is just one of 15 that require first-time offenders to have interlock devices in the first place.

Lawmakers in the state passed a law requiring repeat offenders to install ignition-interlock devices in 2001 and it wasn’t until 2007 that a law passed mandating first-time offenders to have the devices installed as well.

The devices cost about $120 to install and offenders must pay roughly $80 a month to maintain them.

Since the law requiring the devices for first time offenders passed, Arizona has seen a drop in DUI-related fatalities from 399 in 2006 to 210.

A DUI is a serious crime that can have life-long negative consequences for those convicted. Motorists who are found guilty may lose their license, have their car impounded, be ordered to perform community service, or worst of all, be sent to prison. As scary as the idea of being convicted of a DUI charge can be, there is still a way to contest your charges. Speak to a leading DUI attorney right away to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

DUI lawyers do whatever it takes so your charges are either significantly reduced or wiped away […]

By |December 30th, 2011|DUI News|Comments Off|

UNLV forward pleads guilty to driving under the influence

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – UNLV senior forward Chace Stanback has pleaded guilty to a DUI misdemeanor charge he incurred after a May 13 traffic stop in Las Vegas. Stanback admitted to having been under the influence of marijuana at the time of his arrest and was fined $585 as well as was suspended for 30 days. As part of his plea agreement, Stanback will also have to perform 40 hours of community service. He is due back in court on March 8 to see if he has completed the requirements of his sentence.

UNLV put out a press release shortly after the plea announcing Stanback’s suspension. Stanback will miss the Rebels’ exhibition opener against Washburn on Nov. 1 and the team’s first regular season game against Division-II Grand Canyon University on Nov. 11. He will be able to return to play for the Nov. 14 home rivalry game against Nevada-Reno.

Although UNLV policy for first time offenders only requires that the student enroll in an education or treatment program and must submit to drug testing, coach Dave Rice suspended him anyway. Rice said that he made the decision to suspend Stanback based on the fact that he was arrested and had made a poor decision as well as his past track record.

“I think it’s really important for this day to come prior to the season. Going into the season, we could know what we were looking at, and he’s a really important member of our team, we’re expecting big things from him. Had (his court date) stayed at December 1, we would have dealt with it, but I think it’s important going into the season to have as few variables as we possibly can,” said […]

By |September 23rd, 2011|DUI News|2 Comments|

Secret Service agent gets DUI while on assignment

A Secret Service Agent, who was on assignment to protect the President, was arrested in Iowa for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Daniel Valencia, 40, was arrested Saturday in the northeastern Iowa town of Decorah, where President Obama was scheduled to visit on his bus tour.

Valencia, who was off-duty, was in Decorah in advance of the President’s Monday visit. According to court records, Valencia was stopped by police after he ran a red light around 1:30 am. After stopping the vehicle, police detected a strong odor of alcohol. The officer administered field sobriety tests and determined that Valencia was too impaired to drive, and put him under arrest.

Valencia refused a breathalyzer and was held in jail until Monday morning. This is his first offense; DUI lawyers have a better chance of getting reduced charges for first time offenders.

Secret Serviceman Representative, George Ogilvee confirmed that Valencia was an agent, and told reporters that the case was being turned over to the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

In certain professions, a DUI arrest can have long-term effects on a person’s career. They can lose their jobs and be forced to find a different occupation. In these cases, the representation of a DUI lawyer can make a difference and make it possible to keep your job.

A savvy DUI attorney can work to have charges dismissed or reduced along with minimizing the penalties a DUI recipient faces.

By |August 17th, 2011|DUI News|Comments Off|

Rick Springfield arrested for DUI

LOS ANGELES, California – Singer Rick Springfield was arrested for driving under the influence in Malibu on Sunday night.

 

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Springfield was stopped around 8 p.m. on Sunday night after a deputy saw him speeding in his 1963 Corvette on Pacific Coast Highway.

 

The arresting officers alleged that Springfield smelled of alcohol and issued him a breathalyzer test. The test showed that Springfield’s blood alcohol content was 0.10, which is over the legal limit of 0.08 in California.

 

Springfield was then arrested and taken to jail. He was released on Monday at around 2 a.m. on a $5,000 bond. He is due in court in Malibu on July 5.

 

Hundreds of celebrities appear in news headlines for driving under the influence. Singers, actors, athletes, you name it. Unfortunately, we don’t always here about the thousands of regular citizens that are arrested for DUI on an everyday basis. Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs is crime that is punishable in every state.

 

When it comes to drinking and driving, many states have a no tolerance policy, even for first time offenders. If you are lucky, you may just get a few fines and have your license suspended. More common punishments include having to perform community service, having to attend rehab, being court ordered to install an interlock ignition device or even being sent to prison.

 

If you have incurred a DUI, you need to seek legal help immediately or else face the consequences of the charge. Speak to a top DUI lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options and file a case. Your paralegal will work tirelessly to get your charges either significantly lowered or wiped out completely.

 

Whether you were driving […]

By |May 4th, 2011|DUI News|Comments Off|