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Florida Judge, Known Alcoholic, Arrested for DUI

Her alcoholism was no secret, and for the 56-year-old Broward County judge, this was thought to actually be an asset, as she could empathize with the defendants in her drug court. But Friday, May 2 she was in an accident that resulted in her getting arrested for DUI, and in a 20-year-old man getting severely injured, reportedly losing consciousness for some minutes and then being hospitalized with neck injury.

When an officer approached the judge and her car, it was reported that they both reeked of alcohol. She is said to have almost fallen completely while performing and failing a sobriety test. The officer said that she could not even point to her nose with a finger; she only got as close as grazing her cheek with a knuckle. The report indicates that containers of alcohol were loaded in the trunk of the judge's car, and that an empty cup was discovered by her seat. She was arrested after she refused to take a breath test. She faces three charges of DUI resulting in property damage, a failure to use due care, and DUI. Of course, this DUI with injury charge would mean more severe penalties than a standard charge following a DUI accident. It could mean:

  • Prison for five years
  • $5,000 in fines

Of course, on top of these penalties, the consequences could include the loss of a career. It could further damage future attempts at landing a job or finding a place to reside. A criminal record can last for life, and dramatically reduce that quality of life too.

If you or someone you know faces such devastating charges, you need to get the right Tampa DUI lawyer on your side as soon as possible. Don't wait to call Thomas & Paulk, P.A. to discuss your case and to find out how former prosecutors can craft the powerhouse defense you need.

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