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Justin Bieber’s DUI Attorney Is Doing His Job

Justin Bieber’s DUI Attorney Is Doing His Job

The Biebes has been plastered all over media for his recent DUI of alcohol and drugs arrest.  It happened back in January when Justin Bieber, pop music icon and teen heart-throb, and his buddy rap artist, Kahlil, decided to drag race their luxury cars outside of a Miami night club.  Local cops observed the race and pulled Bieber and Kahlil over and arrested them both.  Bieber was taken to the police station and charged with DUI, drag racing, resisting arrest without violence (Beibes dropped a lot of F-bombs on the officers), and driving on an expired driver’s license.

Bieber posted $2500.00 in bail, a measly drop in the bucket for the super songster, and got the heck out of jail. Later he decided to hire Miami DUI and criminal defense attorney Roy Black to defend his DUI case.  Ding Ding, does the name Roy Black ring a bell to all Bravo and Real Housewives of Miami mega fans?… It must, Roy Black is the husband to Real House Wife Lea Black… The Miami A-listers that live in the newly redecorated huge mansion… Ah yes now we know who Roy Black is.  Attorney Black has a reputation for representing high-profile clients of which have included; Kelsey Grammar, Rush Limbaugh, and Joe Francis (Girls Gone Wild creator).

Fast forward to today, DUI defense attorney Roy Black has already poked holes into Bieber’s DUI case, by finding errors and legal issues.  Black believes there are some significant issues with the arresting officer, Steven Cosner.  For starters, it appears Cosner’s police report includes details that have been exaggerated to make Bieber appear less favorable.  For instance, officer Cosner’s report describes Bieber and Kahlil were racing at speeds between 55-60 miles per hour, yet, a GPS tracking system indicated the top speed of the two cars was at a much slower pace of 44 miles per hour.  Additionally, Cosner’s report describes J.B. as reeking of alcohol in his car, however, Bieber blew a low .014 into the breathalyzer machine at the police station, an individual would not “reek of alcohol” at this low BAC level.  Fluff and exaggeration!

Black has also found some defense ammo in the fact that officer Steven Cosner has credibility issues.  An extensive history of credibility issues in fact, which includes 15 counts of misconduct between the years of 2001 and 2012.  Five of those counts of misconduct were acquired by not showing up to court when ordered to do so.  Black speculates officer Cosner may not have shown up to court intentionally, to avoid being placed under oath, and being forced to explain police report exaggerations, like he has done with Bieber’s report.  Cosner knows that if he doesn’t tell the truth while under oath, he could be prosecuted for perjury, and potentially lose his job.  Cosner’s other counts of misconduct include; violating the rules of courtesy and respect, off duty/secondary employment, unlawful compensation, offensive conduct/language, and sleeping on duty.

The prosecution may want to think twice before putting officer Cosner on the stand if Bieber’s DUI case goes to trial, defense attorney Black will be prepared to discredit him.  And that is the job of a talented DUI defense attorney…  to find issues and errors with a case, and then to be fully prepared to present those issues to the prosecutors and in trial if necessary.

 

Written by S.O

 

 

DUI Lawyer Says Amanda Bynes Is “Mentally Unfit” To Stand Trial For DUI

DUI Lawyer Says Amanda Bynes Is “Mentally Unfit” To Stand Trial For DUI

27-year-old actress, Amanda Bynes, was charged with a misdemeanor DUI back in April of 2012, when she scraped her black Mercedes along side a California patrol car.  In June of 2012, the “What a Girl Wants” film scarlet hired DUI attorney Rich Hutton and decided to plead not guilty.  Over a year later from the date of the arrest, Amanda’s DUI case was going to trial.  However, defense attorney Hutton showed up to court this past Tuesday, without Bynes by his side, to explain to the judge that Bynes could not undergo trial due to lack of the mental capacity to “understand the nature of the legal proceedings.”

Amanda Bynes has been under long-term care at a psychiatric ward since July of 2013 and is currently under a court ordered conservatorship, meaning she has an assigned guardian to assist and/or manage her daily activities and finances due to her mental limitations.  Allegedly Amanda’s mental diagnosis is complicated and may involve split personalities and/or schizophrenia.

During the DUI trial proceedings, the judge agreed with defense lawyer Hutton and decided to transfer Amanda’s DUI case to a mental health court where the new judge will conduct a hearing to determine Bynes’ mental competence.

 

Written by S.O

DUI Case Dismissed in May 2013 – Criminal Defense Attorney, David O

DUI Case Dismissed in May 2013 – Criminal Defense Attorney, David O

In this DUI case, my client (“MC”) was arrested for driving under the influence in Snohomish county.  The state trooper stopped MC’s vehicle for allegedly “not having working license plate lights” and nothing else.  After a brief DUI investigation, the trooper arrested MC for DUI (driving under the influence).

RCW 46.37.020 mandates vehicles to display lighted headlights and other lights after sunset or before sunrise and at any other time when persons and vehicles on the highway would not be clearly discernible at a distance of one thousand feet.  This statute is relevant because it would determine by law when lights are required on a vehicle while driving and in what type of conditions.

RCW 46.37.050(3) states: “Either a tail lamp or a separate lamp shall be so constructed and placed as to illuminate with a white light the rear registration plate and render it clearly legible from a distance of fifty feet to the rear…”  This statute is relevant because it specifically relates to a vehicle’s license plate and some facts related to my case.

My evaluation of MC’s DUI case; the trooper had no basis to stop MC’s car.  However, the state prosecutor didn’t agree with me.  I never take it personal when a prosecutor does not agree with me because, at times, I know they are just doing their “duty.”  So, I set MC’s DUI case for a motion hearing.  A motion hearing is a hearing similar to a trial but without a jury. There is no waiver of a jury trial for this type of hearing.  It’s a hearing where testimony will be provided by witnesses and legal issues presented to a judge.  After hearing all the issues the judge will decide and make certain rulings.

Fortunately for MC, the judge agreed with my argument and dismissed MC’s DUI case!  The judge decided the trooper did not have a reasonable basis to stop MC’s vehicle.  As MC criminal defense attorney, I put a lot of time and energy reviewing police reports, Washington State laws, interviewing witnesses and presenting my findings to the judge in a persuasive manner.  MC was very pleased his DUI was dismissed!