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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|

Virginia Driver Gets 12th DUI Conviction; When Will He Stop Driving Drunk?

POTSYLVANIA, Va. – A Virginia man doesn’t seem to know his limits when it comes to drinking and driving. The repeat DUI offender was recently convicted for the 12th time in a driving under the influence case and will now serve the maximum sentence. But will that be enough to get him off the streets?

According to police, 44-year-old David Marion Apraham, of Spotsylvania, received a seven-year sentence on Tuesday in Spotsylvania Circuit Court for his DUI incident. Apraham pleaded guilty in August to driving drunk, driving on a suspended license and refusing to take a breath test.

Court records show that he already has two prior DUI convictions in Williamsburg and Colonial Heights, six in Mississippi and three in Alabama. He may be drunk while doing it, but Apraham sure knows how to get around.

Spotsylvania County deputy prosecutor Tom Shaia explained Apraham was supposed to be on house arrest in Mississippi when his latest DUI incident occurred in November 2011.

In addition, Apraham faces DUI charges in North Carolina and Washington state.

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

Drunk Driver Who Struck Teen Sentenced to One Year in Prison

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—An East Providence woman who struck a teenager while driving under the influence has been sentenced to one year in prison followed by four years of house arrest.

Susan Benedetti, 50, was sentenced Tuesday in Providence Superior Court for her role in the March 9 accident. Police say Benedetti’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level was over twice the legal limit when she hit 14-year-old Brooke Gagne in East Providence.

Gagne was seriously wounded, sustaining a brain injury and several broken bones. She was placed in a medically induced coma for three weeks due to the severity of her injuries.

Benedetti pleaded guilty to DUI back in February. Her license was suspended for two years and was ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment. In addition, Benedetti was ordered to pay restitution to the victim’s family.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Benedetti apologized to the teen.

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By |April 25th, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

California councilman sentenced in DUI case

Santa Barbara, California – A California councilman was sentenced following a December DUI misdemeanor case.

Carpinteria Councilman Joe Armendariz was sentenced to 61 days of house arrest and will be required to participate in an 18-month drunken driving course. In addition, Armendariz will have to pay an $1,800 fine and was placed on three years’ probation.

The councilman was arrested on Dec.2 after crashing into a tree. His blood alcohol content (BAC) was over twice the legal limit of .08 percent at the time.

The 44-year-old also has a previous DUI charge from 2006 to which he pleaded no contest.

Armendariz was asked to resign in February by fellow council members for violating ethics codes but refused. He was then stripped of his assignments.

A DUI charge is a very serious crime, regardless of whether it is a first-time conviction or repeat offense. If you are convicted of driving under the influence, your life can be negatively affected in several ways for years to come. In addition to losing your license or possibly going to jail, DUIs can hinder your chances of getting and keeping a job and can even affect your civil rights.

If you have been arrested for drunken driving, there is a way to fight your charges. Contact a top drunk driving lawyer for help immediately. With an acclaimed drunk driving lawyer working to defend your rights, you can rest easy knowing that your case will be resolved quickly and your charges will either be significantly reduced or wiped out altogether.

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By |April 3rd, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

Reggie Rogers arrested for 6th DUI

By: Tanya Gonzalez

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan – Former Detroit Lion Reggie Rogers has just been convicted of his sixth DUI. Having already caused a crash that killed three people because of driving while intoxicated, Rogers’ latest DUI may not even leave a lasting impression. Rogers was not only caught drinking and driving recently, but he was also caught driving with a suspended license. He was sentenced to one year in prison for the latest DUI.

The 45-year-old’s attorney pleaded with his arresting officer not to send him to prison, and instead, have him placed under house arrest because the mattresses in jail are not good for Rogers’ back, which was recently operated on. As can be imagined, people have been shocked to hear how easy it has been for Rogers to get away with driving under the influence. Robert Willett, the father and uncle of the three teens Rogers killed while driving under the influence in 1988 spoke out about the plea for house arrest.

“If it’s only a mattress keeping him out of jail, I’ll buy him a mattress. So don’t tell me because he had back surgery…if we had to let every prisoner go because they had back surgery, we’d have a lot of people out of them jails. So, it’s absolutely absurd,” exclaimed Willet. The issue over back surgery will be dealt with in court this coming November.

Being charged with DUI is no laughing matter. Once a motorist has a DUI on record, their entire life can be negatively affected. A DUI can affect a motorist’s chances of getting hired or even keeping their current job as well as interfere with financial endeavors, such as […]

By |September 21st, 2011|DUI News|3 Comments|