Legendary sports broadcaster, Al Michaels, has been charged with misdemeanor DUI stemming from his DUI arrest in California on April 19th.
Santa Monica officers reported Michaels made a U-turn in front of their DUI sobriety check point around 10PM. Hmmm, seems like someone knew they had a little too much to drink! Officers pulled Michaels over and immediately detected an odor of alcohol on his breath. They continued their DUI investigation and had him perform the DUI field sobriety tests, of which he failed. Al Michaels was arrested for DUI and taken to jail.
Good news for the voice of “Sunday Night Football”, his DUI breathalyzer test reveled a .08 and .09 blood alcohol level, right at the legal limit. Additionally, Michaels doesn’t have any criminal history, thus, if Michaels hires a good DUI criminal defense attorney he has good fighting chances of avoiding jail time and getting his DUI charge reduced to a lesser charge.
Written by S.O
Buzz is in the air about Washington State DUI laws being ineffective in reducing the number of repeat DUI offenders. This recent DUI law concern stems from the tragic DUI homicide that occurred last week in North Seattle, when Mark W. Mullan, who was driving drunk with a blood alcohol level 3 times the legal limit, hit and killed 2 grandparents and critically injured the daughter-in-law and her new baby. Mullan, a five time DUI repeat offender, revealed weaknesses within DUI multiple offender laws by ignoring court ordered installation of an ignition interlock device in his pickup truck and continued driving despite his license revocation. Lawmakers and citizens are demanding stricter repeat DUI offender laws and tighter monitoring of DUI penalty compliance, to continue to reduce the number of DUI related homicides and DUI related accidents.
Solutions that are currently being tossed around include; making a DUI a felony count on the third conviction rather than the fifth conviction, increasing the length of jail time for repeat DUI offenders, use of police sobriety check points for all drivers to be assessed for DUI, requiring a boot on a car until an ignition interlock device has been properly installed, and possible development in technology to equip vehicles to sense driver intoxication and disengage driving capabilities.
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A sad story, yet powerful portrayal of how devastating driving under the influence “DUI” can be.
According to TMZ. com, on December 8th at 2AM, Dallas Cowboy nose tackle football player, Josh Brent, flipped his Mercedes over into the middle of the street by hitting a sidewalk curb at high speeds while DUI. In the car with Brent was passenger and teammate linebacker Jerry Brown. When police approached the scene they saw Brent pulling the lifeless body of Brown from the smoking upside down vehicle. Jerry Brown was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Police suspected DUI. Josh Brent was subjected to DUI field sobriety tests and failed. He was also taken to the hospital where he had his blood drawn to render DUI blood alcohol levels. Blood results have yet to be released to the public. Brent was arrested and booked by police.
Josh Brent has been charged with one count of intoxicated manslaughter and could face up to 20 years of prison if found guilty. Brent has a prior conviction of DUI on his record, while in college he pled guilty to a DUI misdemeanor.
What has been learned from this story? Being convicted of DUI isn’t just simply a slap on the wrist by paying court fees, possible jail time, and losing your license. DUI’s can cause much more devastation; years of jail time, loss of your career and life as you know it, and even the loss of someone’s life.
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