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Boat Dealer Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for BUI

Orlando, FL – An Orlando boat dealer has been sentenced to six years in prison following a fatal boating under the influence accident.

Mark David Watts, 51, the owner of Liquid Sports Marine, was sentenced following a July 30, 2006 accident, which resulted in the death of a 20-year-old woman, as well as contributed to several others getting hurt.

The deceased, Shelby Harper, was killed after Watts operated his speed boat while under the influence of alcohol on Lake Irma in east Orange County. The BUI incident took place around 4:30 am.  Harper and her friends had met Watts and his wife at the nightclub Roxy’s and Watts invited them to his home after the club closed for the night.

Some people decided not to get into the vessel after witnessing Harper fall into the water when attempting to get onboard, but Harper and a few others boarded the vessel. Watts did not turn on his lights and sped off, soon crashing into a dock. Some of the passengers sustained fractures and other injuries and Harper suffered a broken neck. She was taken to an area hospital where she died of her injuries.

Watts admitted to having eight alcoholic drinks before operating his boat that night. In addition to his prison sentence, he was also ordered to serve three years’ probation and the judge ordered him to speak publicly about the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while drunk.

If you have been arrested for an alcohol-related incident, turn to a DUI lawyer immediately for help to protect your rights. DUI lawyers do everything possible to have your charges lowered or possibly dismissed altogether, especially if there is insufficient evidence proving […]

By |November 5th, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

Does Bobby Brown Ever NOT Drive Drunk?

LOS ANGELES, CA – Bobby Brown is back in the news, this time, facing yet another DUI charge in Los Angeles. The 43-year-old R&B singer was booked at Van Nuys Jail this morning after refusing a field sobriety test when stopped by officers.

This is Brown’s second DUI arrest this year. He was sentenced in March to an alcohol treatment program (which obviously didn’t do him any good), probation and was also fined after pleading no contest to a driving drunk just one month after his ex-wife Whitney Houston died.

Brown’s DUI lawyer and publicist have yet to comment on the criminal intoxication charge. Brown admitted himself into a rehab facility in August, but has been struggling with alcohol and drug abuse for years. He was also charged with driving under the influence in Florida in 1996.

Driving under the influence is no joke. If you have been arrested for DUI, you may know that you face several penalties, including losing your license, having to pay expensive fines and fees, being ordered to attend rehab, or worst of all, being sent to prison. Luckily though, all drivers who have been arrested for DUI have the right to seek legal help with a leading DUI attorney to contest their charges in court.

Drug defense lawyers work diligently to ensure your case resolves quickly and with the best possible outcome, especially if you were arrested without sufficient proof of intoxication. They will do everything in their power to ensure your charges are either significantly diminished or dropped altogether. However, there is only a limited time to fight back against a DUI charge before it is too late to file a claim. […]

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

Bobby Brown Enters Rehab as Part of DUI Plea Deal

Hollywood, CA- Last week, Bobby Brown entered a rehabilitation facility, a requirement for a plea deal he reached following his DUI arrest in March.

Brown’s representative said in an email to the Associated Press that Brown checked himself into a “confidential rehabilitation center.”

“Mr. Brown takes his agreement very seriously and admitted himself three weeks after concluding his honeymoon in Mexico during a break from the New Edition tour,” said spokesman Christopher Brown.

Brown will also be on three years’ informal probation. He was also sentenced with one day in jail which was satisfied after his arrest.

Brown was arrested in Los Angeles in March after he was stopped by an officer for talking on his cell phone while driving.

After a field sobriety test, police determined he was intoxicated and placed him under arrest. A breathalyzer revealed that his blood alcohol content was above the .08 legal limit. He has a previous DUI arrest in Georgia from 1996.

Brown was arrested just two days after toxicology tests revealed that Whitney Houston, his ex, had cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs in her system at the time of her death.

A drunken driving charge is taken seriously by the courts regardless of the offender’s celebrity status. While the primary objective of a DUI attorney is to prevent their client from being convicted, they sometimes recommend making a plea deal with prosecutors if there isn’t likelihood they can beat the charges. 

 

By |August 16th, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

Missouri Woman Sentenced for 2009 DWI Incident

MISSOURI – A Missouri woman was convicted of drunk driving last month after a 2009 incident in which she was caught speeding, among other traffic violations.

Eleshia Lachelle Chenier, 27, of Missouri City, was convicted on May 25, 2012.

The incident took place just before 4 a.m. on December 17, 2009. Missouri City Police Officer William Vogt stopped Chenier after observing she was committing traffic violations and when he approached her, noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from her vehicle and person.

After performing a series of field sobriety tests which she failed, Chenier agreed to a breath test and blew a .142 BAC percent, almost twice the legal limit of .08 percent.

Chenier admitted to drinking at a friend’s house earlier that evening.

Chenier was sentenced to one-year probation and was mandated to attend a DWI Class, perform 60 hours of community service, and attend a Victim Impact Panel, among other punishments.

Driving while intoxicated, DWI, is a serious crime that can completely ruin a person’s life if they are found guilty. Among the many penalties DWI convicts face are losing their driver’s licenses, having their car impounded,  being ordered to perform community service, or worst of all, being sent to prison. As scary as the idea of being convicted of a DWI charge can be, there is still a way for you to get out of it. Speak to a Missouri DWI attorney right away to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

DWI lawyers do whatever it takes so you can walk away from your case ahead. They will investigate the incident, and if they find any evidence that you were unfairly […]

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

RI Congressman’s Brother Arrested for DUI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The brother of Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a drunk driving charge.

The Congressman’s brother, John Cicilline, was arrested in Bristol on May 3after he was observed speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign on Thames Street.

Police allege John Cicilline smelled of alcohol when they pulled him over. Cicilline refused to submit to a breathalyzer and failed a field sobriety test.

This is not John Cicilline’s first brush with the law. The former attorney served 18 months in federal prison for trying to extort money from a drug dealer client.

The new DUI charge comes just three months after the end of his probation.

After news of his brother’s DUI arrest was publicized, the office of Congressman David Cicilline released a brief statement saying, “The Congressman was disappointed when he heard the news this morning.”

A DUI is a serious crime that can have life-long negative consequences for those convicted. Motorists found guilty of DUI may lose their license, have their car impounded, be ordered to perform community service, or worst of all, may be sent to prison. However, there is a way to contest DUI charges. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Rhode Island, speak to a drunk driving attorney immediately to file a case and ensure that you charges are either significantly lowered or dropped altogether.

Rhode Island DUI lawyers make it their mission to ensure that your case ends with the best possible outcome. Your attorney will investigate the incident and if they find any evidence that you were unfairly charged with DUI, they will make sure your charges […]

By |May 31st, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|