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Vehicular Homicide with DUI and Strict Liability

Vehicular Homicide with DUI and Strict Liability

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causing or contributing to the death to another is a strict liability crime in the State of Florida. The strict liability portion of a DUI charge means that even if the driver of the vehicle is not at fault for the act that causes or contributes to the death of another, if she is under the influence of alcohol or drugs that impairs her normal faculties, she is criminal responsible for the death of the other if she was in control of the vehicle at the time of the crash. Examples of this strict liability crime will really make people wonder if it is fair. In one criminal matter a driver of a vehicle was stopped at a red turn signal.… […]

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West Palm Beach DUI Manslaughter Case

West Palm Beach DUI Manslaughter Case

Karmela Roy was already in Palm Beach County jail on charges related to a car crash when she had to appear in court today to face charges including DUI manslaughter and vehicle homicide in a November 7th crash that killed Thomas Conroy. Judge James Martz denied bond for Karmela Roy today as per Palm Beach County Assistant State Attorney Judy Arco’s request, due to her scheduled appearance in court this Thursday, December 5, 2013. Full story, source If an individual consumes alcohol or drugs, and then operates a motor vehicle, he or she can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). In situations when that same individual is involved in a car crash that results in the death of another, the impaired driver may be charged with DUI manslaughter.… […]

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DUI Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Case in Palm Beach County

DUI Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Case in Palm Beach County

DUI Homicide and DUI Manslaughter does not mean decades in jail if the case is properly postured by an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney. Criminal Defense Attorney, Andrew D. Stine, was able to secure a plea and acceptance of the plea agreement, by the Circuit Court Judge, on May 21, 2013 of: One (1) Year in the Palm Beach County Jail; followed by Two (2) Years of House Arrest; and Five (5) Years of Probation; for his client who pled guilty in a DUI Manslaughter and DUI Homicide case in Palm Beach County, Florida. In case number 2012 CF 005417AXXXMB the driver of the vehicle, represented by West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Stine, was under the influence of alcoholic beverages with a blood alcohol level greater than .08, when he… […]

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DUI Manslaughter Charge

DUI Manslaughter Charge

As John Goodman headed back to jail for allegedly trying to break his house arrest ankle monitor in October, questions arose as to why the Wellington polo mogul would try such an unsophisticated move with a DUI manslaughter conviction and 16-year prison sentence hanging over him (source, full story) Certainly his actions — if proved intentional — would have virtually assured a trip to prison and revocation of his $7 million bond as he seeks a new trial in the case surrounding the February 2010 death of Scott Wilson. But evidence prosecutors and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies presented at a hearing shortly after Goodman’s arrest appeared to leave little room for doubt. Now, as Goodman is home again after Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath last week flatly rejected claims that… […]

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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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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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Is a DUI a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

Is a DUI a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

Being charged with a DUI will change your life. Whether it is a misdemeanor DUI or a felony DUI, the conviction will appear on your criminal record and will reflect badly on your character when you apply for a job, try to rent or buy a place to live, or in just about anything where a background check may be involved. If you speak with a criminal defense lawyer, you may be able to work to get the conviction expunged from your criminal record. Is a DUI a Felony or Misdemeanor? A DUI misdemeanor conviction is when any person driving under the influence causes property damage or personal injury to another. It is then considered a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a $1000 fine. A… […]

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How Teen Only Sentenced to 6 Years for DUI Manslaughter

How Teen Only Sentenced to 6 Years for DUI Manslaughter

Underage drinking is generally deemed as just “irresponsible.” What happens when underage drinking results in the untimely death of an innocent bystander? A 19-year-old will be spending a long time in prison for driving drunk, crashing and killing a man. Beruch Zegeye, then 17, had spent a day partying with other Benjamin high school students, ingesting multiple Xanax tablets and drinking beer. Although his friends took his keys from him, he found them and chose to drive. Traveling at 80 miles per hour in his father’s Porsche, he slammed into the back of 45-year-old pizza deliveryman, Paul Krommendyk’s car in Palm Beach Garden in September 2008. Krommendyk died instantly. Zegeye was facing 13 to 20 years in prison under Florida’s procedures following his guilty plea to DUI manslaughter last year.… […]

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