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Goodman May Be Released After Appealing Conviction

Goodman May Be Released After Appealing Conviction

Many people have been following the John Goodman DUI Manslaughter case almost as avidly as they followed the Casey Anthony case. Goodman was convicted in March of killing 23-year-old Scott Wilson in a car crash, he trudged his way through an arduous court process leading to conviction and controversy. Then, Goodman’s defense lawyers made several claims that the conviction should be overturned because of jury misconduct. Now, after the hearing and questioning of the jury, the judge may release Goodman while he appeals his conviction. John Goodman Sentencing Goodman is scheduled to be sentenced today for a DUI Manslaughter conviction. Viewers can watch the sentencing hearing live when it begins. According to Florida law, Judge Colbath is actually able to release Goodman on bond after he has been sentenced –… […]

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Judge in John Goodman Case Asked to Step Aside

Judge in John Goodman Case Asked to Step Aside

John Goodman, founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, was found guilty of DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide in March of this year. While his case seemed to be resolved, his criminal defense attorneys were continuing to attempt to change the fate of Goodman’s case by accusing several of the jury members of misconduct. This case continues to complicate, while Goodman still sits in a cell, convicted of drunkenly hitting another person’s vehicle, sending that car careening into a canal where the victim drowned. Jury Called in for Questioning According to a previous post, the possible misconduct concerns were spelled out in a 77-page document and defense attorneys say they came from a fellow juror. Goodman’s attorneys say that juror said members of the jury panel, throughout the trial,… […]

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Jury Called in for Questioning in Goodman DUI Manslaughter Case

Jury Called in for Questioning in Goodman DUI Manslaughter Case

The Judge residing over the Goodman vehicular manslaughter case may be calling in the jury for questioning. The circuit judge Jeffrey Colbath held a hearing Tuesday after Goodman’s attorneys filed a notice of intent to interview jurors of possible misconduct. Goodman was found guilty of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in March after slamming into Scott Wilson’s vehicle and sending it careening into a canal where Wilson, still strapped into the driver seat, drowned. John Goodman DUI Manslaughter In March, John Goodman, founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, was found guilty of DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide. Goodman crashed his Bentley into Wilson’s Hyundai and sent it into a nearby canal in Wellington, Fla., in February 2010. Wilson, a 23-year-old engineering graduate, was still strapped into the driver’s… […]

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Need a DUI Lawyer?

Need a DUI Lawyer?

A DUI conviction is something you cannot afford. In addition to restricting your driving privileges for 6 months to a year for a first offense, a DUI conviction will haunt you for the rest of your life on your criminal record. Landlords, employers, and anyone else performing a background check on you will see your DUI conviction. Being convicted of a DUI can completely hinder the way you life your life. A criminal defense lawyer is the best resource to have if you have been arrested for drinking and driving. There are many defenses against a DUI charge and only an experienced DUI lawyer can put them into motion effectively. Driving Under the Influence Laws It is critical to understand the law and the potential consequences you will be facing… […]

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Assistant City Attorney Fired After Drinking and Driving Incident

Assistant City Attorney Fired After Drinking and Driving Incident

In February, there was a significant incident involving the Assistant City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor and the city of Port St. Lucie that resulted in the termination of her career. On February 24th, I had posted about Taylor and how she had completely avoided a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test after being pulled over on suspicions of drinking and driving. Instead of performing these tests which potentially could lead to an arrest, the officer on duty actually gave the attorney a ride home. The actions taken by law enforcement has caused an series of arguments and questions directed at city officials. Drinking and Driving in Port St. Lucie According to an article in WPTV News, Mayor JoAnn Faiella confirmed Thursday that Assistant City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor has been fired… […]

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Assistant City Attorney Avoids Potential DUI Arrest

Assistant City Attorney Avoids Potential DUI Arrest

It is not illegal to drink and drive in the state of Florida. As long as your blood alcohol level (BAC) is below a .08 and your normal faculties are not impaired, you are not breaking the law if you get behind the wheel. However, even if you meet these requirements you could still be pulled over. A Port St. Lucie assistant city attorney was recently in this situation but was driven home by the police officer. Her blood alcohol level was not measured, nor was she asked to perform a field sobriety test. Driving While “Borderline” Intoxicated According to an article in WPTV News, Police Chief Brian Reuther stopped Assistant City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and said it appeared “she had difficulty driving.” The police chief… […]

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DUI Manslaughter Laws in Florida

DUI Manslaughter Laws in Florida

A DUI Manslaughter charge results from when a person is arrested for a driving under the influence and has also caused an accident that resulted in the death of another person. There are different types of DUI manslaughter charges that you could be facing if arrested after causing a fatal accident. A DUI conviction by itself is extremely serious with fines anywhere from $500 to $2,000 depending on the circumstances. A DUI manslaughter conviction is exponentially more serious, and something you simply cannot afford. The penalties for DUI manslaughter are as follows according to Florida Statute 316.193: DUI/Manslaughter: Second Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment). DUI Manslaughter/Leaving the Scene: A driver convicted of DUI Manslaughter who knew/should have known accident occurred; and failed to give… […]

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Drunk Driving Charges in South Florida

Drunk Driving Charges in South Florida

Getting charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is a serious offense and it could impact your life forever if you are convicted. Each year, states impose tougher DUI laws and more severe drunk driving penalties. Florida is no exception. This is what can happen to you for a first time DUI conviction in Florida: Jail – 6 Months Maximum – blood alcohol level (BAL) from .08 to less than .15 Jail – 9 Months Maximum – BAL above .15 Fine – From $500 to $1,000 – BAL from .08 to less than .15 Fine – From $1,000 to $2,000 – BAL above .15 or Minor in Vehicle License – Suspended from 180 Days to 1 Year Hardship Reinstatement – Complete DUI School Prior to Hardship Application Ignition Interlock… […]

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Recieving a Downward Departure for a Felony DUI in Florida

Recieving a Downward Departure for a Felony DUI in Florida

Henderson v. State, makes receiving a downward departure for felony DUI in Florida more difficult but not impossible. On Appeal, the Henderson court ruled in November 2014, that a DUI driver, who pleads guilty or is found guilty of a 4th DUI, cannot rely on a non-statutory mitigator for a downward departure from a state prison sentence. In 2012, Henderson entered an open plea to driving under the influence, her 4th DUI, resisting an officer with violence, and driving while her license was suspended or revoked. Originally, the trial court departed from her sentencing guidelines on the basis that she was: (i) in “need of rehabilitation for substance abuse”; and (ii) needed at home to be “financially, physically, mentally and emotionally supportive of her minor son,” who himself was at… […]

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Drunk Driving Laws in Florida

Drunk Driving Laws in Florida

If you drink alcohol and drive you dramatically increase your chance of being in a crash. In addition, if you are pulled over and the officer asks you to take a blood, urine or breath test you are required to comply. Florida has the “Implied Consent Law”. When you sign your drivers license you have agreed to take these tests upon request. Refusal to take any of the tests will result in an immediate suspension for one year. A second refusal will result in an 18 month suspension. The State of Florida drunk driving laws prohibits driving any type of vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or above. The .08 percent BAC limit is the standard measurement used across the United States for the “impaired” driver.… […]

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