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Pro Wrestler Jeff Hardy Facing Felony DUI

Volusia County Division Of Corrections booking photo shows Jeff Hardy. Pro wrestler Jeff Hardy was arrested for driving under the influence and other charges in Volusia County, Florida earlier this month. Court records reflect that Hardy is charged with a felony DUI (3rd within 10 years) as well as driving with a suspended license. Hardy, 44, was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper after receiving calls about an impaired driver on I-95 near Daytona Beach. Hardy wrestled in the ... Read More »

4 Ways to Better Your Chances In Court

When you have to appear in court, particularly in defending your DUI related case, there are definitely some “tricks of the trade” to increase your chances of success.  Appearing in an unusual environment for the first time can be downright frightening—particularly when you aren’t familiar with the rules and behaviors that are expected.  Most lawyers will discuss these in detail with their clients, but if your lawyer has neglected to do so, or you have decided to represent yourself, allow ... Read More »

16-year-old Ocala boy arrested on DUI manslaughter charge

File photo of Florida Highway Patrol cruiser (WJXT 2020) OCALA, Fla. ClickOrlando.com – A 16-year-old Ocala boy was arrested Friday on DUI manslaughter charges in connection with a January crash in Citrus County that killed an 18-year-old Florida woman, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The FHP said Antonio Villalbazo was taken to the Citrus County Jail and faces charges of DUI manslaughter, DUI with serious injury, possession of cocaine, driving without a driver’s license resulting in death and vehicular homicide. ... Read More »

Pelosi’s husband charged with DUI

Source: CNN House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s husband was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after being involved in a collision Saturday night, law enforcement officials said. Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested at 11:44 p.m. PT and charged with driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher, according to the Napa County Criminal Justice Network’s public booking report. Both charges are misdemeanors. TMZ was the first to report the arrest. Pelosi was attempting to ... Read More »

Arkansas Increases “Look Back” Period for DWI Charges.

On July 28, 2021, the Arkansas legislature effected a wide-reaching change to the state’s DWI law. Most notably, the “look-back” period for misdemeanor DWI charges, A.C.A. 5-65-111, was increased from five to ten years. For sixth offense DWI charges, the look-back period is now twenty years–a full two decades. The waiting period to seal or expunge old misdemeanor charges was similarly increased. In Arkansas, DWI 1st through 3rd offense are all misdemeanor charges. This recent change fully doubled the time ... Read More »

Court Rules DMV’S Hearing Procedure Unconstitutional

     For many years the California DMV has used a single hearing officer to play the role of both prosecutor and judge in its administrative hearings regarding license suspension actions. Moreover, rulings by hearing officers to “set aside” suspension orders were sometimes reversed by Driver Safety Office managers who simply didn’t agree with the ruling even though they did not participate in the hearing.     California’s Second District Court of Appeal, Division 4, has ruled this administrative hearing procedure ... Read More »

Will Alternative Sentencing Become More Available for DUI Offenders in Tennessee?

In proposed 2022 legislation introduced by Tennessee Senator Stevens and Tennessee Representative Farmer, the sheriff or chief administrative officer of a local jail or workhouse would be authorized to use alternative facilities for the incarceration of an offender convicted of driving under the influence regardless of whether the local jail or workhouse has space available. HB2432 and SB2584 is a major change from current law, but makes a lot of sense given that most DUI offenders are non-violent.  The Tennessee ... Read More »

FHP trooper hit by drunk driver, protects runners during Skyway 10K

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Dramatic video of a Sarasota woman crashing into a state trooper’s vehicle while under the influence was released by the Florida Highway Patrol on Monday. The video shows Kristen Kay Watts, 52, of Sarasota driving her BMW north on I-275 at a high speed when she approached a road closure that was put in place for the Armed Forces Skyway 10K Race on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Watts nearly crashed head-on with a vehicle operated ... Read More »

New Obstacle Proposed to Regain a Tennessee Driver License after a DUI Conviction

A 2022 proposed Bill filed jointly by Tennessee Senator White (SB2736) and Tennessee Representative Ogles (HB2270)would amend current law so that a person who was prohibited from driving due to a DUI conviction must, upon seeking reinstatement of driving privileges, provide the Tennessee Department of Safety with a report from an accredited laboratory demonstrating negative screening results for the substance that was the basis of the person’s conviction. The report must be dated within thirty (30) days of the person’s ... Read More »

Tennessee BUI Convictions May Affect DUI Penalties

2022 legislation proposed by Tennessee Senator White and Tennessee Representative Ogles would amend current law so that a prior conviction for the offense of boating under the influence must be treated the same as a prior conviction for driving under the influence of an intoxicant for purposes of determining punishment for a violation of driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Likewise a conviction for driving under the influence of an intoxicant (or related offenses) must be treated the same ... Read More »