Jacksonville’s citizens make mistakes at times; the legal system is aware that people are not perfect. Sometimes though, people continually make the same mistakes over and over again. A person in this situation will be looked at by the court as hopeless. However, if one in a situation like this obtains an experienced attorney to fight the case, one will have the best defense possible so that one may attempt to fix one’s problems and rise to a better future.
According to the Billings Gazette, John Harvey Hoots of Billings, Montana, has been jailed on a $100,000 bond after being charged with his thirteenth DUI. This particular DUI offense comes six weeks after being released from a ten-year prison sentence for his twelfth DUI conviction. Hoots was arrested after he yelled and mooned a man, then proceeded to get in his vehicle and drive away. The victim of the mooning pointed out to police the truck driving away, identifying it as Hoots’ vehicle.
Jacksonville DUI cases typically involve someone who has had a little bit too much to drink. This does not mean that the person is intentionally trying to hurt others on the road. However, the police and prosecutors will attempt to paint a picture of a person who has no concern for himself and others. Unfortunately for the accused, most attorneys do not dig deep enough to understand what is going on in the mind of the defendant, especially the mind of defendant with possible substance abuse issues.
Most people, when confronted with the many penalties, fines and other problems associated with their first DUI charge will never do the crime again. Some of these factors include:
– DUI school enrollment
– License suspension/revocation
– Up to 6 months in jail
– Expensive court fines and fees
– Vehicle tow and impoundment
– Ignition interlock installation and monthly access fees
However, some people have personal issues with alcohol and/or other substances that make them more susceptible to drinking and driving.
When one enters the legal system for a charge such as this, some Judges will be more lenient than others, seeing that people make mistakes and are willing to change; others may not. However, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville DUI defense attorney, one will be able to have the best defense possible for one’s case. An experienced attorney will ensure that one’s issues with alcohol are brought before the court, are understood by the Judge, and will be helped by the legal system rather than hurt.
A person charged with a DUI that causes serious bodily injury will be facing a maximum of 5 years in prison. That person will “score” just over four years in prison even though they have no previous record. The Court will have to impose the scored sentence as a minimum sentence unless sufficient statutory mitigating factors warrant a possible departure from that sentence.
One’s future may be at risk when one is charged with a DUI. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville DUI lawyer to fight for their case. Don’t allow your life to be ruined by a DUI charge. Defend yourself.
Nobody plans on getting a DUI. Most people are just trying to get home. The best advice any lawyer can give is to not drive after you have consumed any alcohol. Find another way to get home or stay off the roads. One’s best advice is to never drive when one has consumed alcohol.
In this case, it may be that Hoots has issues with alcohol and driving that could be connected with self-control or depression. With the help of an experienced attorney, Hoots could plead with the court for a sentence that would have allowed him to go through an alcohol rehabilitation program or court-appointed therapy and would allow him to be able to move on with his life as a new individual, free from alcohol.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source:Billings man denies DUI No. 13, Greg Tuttle, The Billings Gazette