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December 2015 Archives

How To Avoid a DUI This Holiday Season

During the holiday season, be sure to drink responsibly and do not drive while impaired by alcohol. If you are charged with a DUI, call a DUI attorney for assistance. Across the United States, the holiday season is when more vehicular accidents occur than any other time of the year. More people are on the road, traveling to visit family and friends, and going to parties where they celebrate with alcoholic beverages. You need to know how to avoid a DUI. If you are pulled over, contact a DUI attorney in Kentucky as soon as possible.

Newberry and Harnice Plea Bargain

Paducah, Kentucky: Almost two years ago, Judge Executive Van Newberry and former Deputy Judge Doug Harnice of McCracken County were indicted by a grand jury for allegedly changing hundreds of county zoning maps without approval - a class D felony. On Monday, December 14th, Newberry entered an Alford plea to a lesser charge--meaning that while he doesn't admit to any wrongdoing, he believes there may have been enough evidence to convict him. Newberry entered an Alford plea to second-degree official misconduct, which is only a class B misdemeanor. Defense Attorney William Kautz, of Paducah's Edwards & Kautz Law Firm, said "I'll probably regret this decision tomorrow morning, but right now I think it's in my client's best interest." He further stated that a plea deal was reached late last week in which the commonwealth agreed to dismiss the felony charge against Harnice, who has less compelling evidence against him. "Unfortunately, in my 38 years of practicing criminal law the truth doesn't always prevail in this courtroom or any other courtroom," says Kautz. The conditions of the plea deal are as follows: Newberry cannot commit any offenses in the next two years or he will face up to 90 days in county jail, and he must pay restitution in the amount of $13,800. If the men had been found guilty during a trial, they would have faced up to five years in prison. About Edwards & Kautz: Edwards & Kautz have over 60 years of combined experience providing the best personal injury, car wreck, and criminal defense attorneys in Paducah, Kentucky. They serve most of Western Kentucky, as well as the surrounding area. For more information call 866-795-5087.

What Will Happen to Your Driver's License if You are Convinced of DUI in Another State?

It is not unusual for an individual to be charged with DUI outside of their home state. As a general rule, I recommend that anyone charged with a DUI contact an experienced, local criminal defense lawyer. Anyone in this circumstance should be aware that if they are convicted of a DUI outside of their home state, it will very likely be reported back to their home state. As a general rule, a state can only suspend the licenses of its own residents. For example, in Kentucky, a person convicted of DUI who is not a resident of Kentucky will have their privilege to drive in the state of Kentucky suspended. Kentucky's Department of Transportation will then send notice to the individual's licensing state that they have been convicted of DUI in Kentucky. The licensing state will then take whatever measures it feels are appropriate against the individual's license. This can include license suspension, court-ordered counseling, and hearings concerning whether the individual's license should be reinstated. If you are convicted of a DUI outside of your home state, it is very important that you comply with all orders from your local licensing authority. Anyone charged with a DUI should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss the particular details of their situation. Contact Edwards & Kautz Law Firm at 866-795-5087 to schedule a free legal consultation.

Trucking Accidents: What Causes Them and Who to Hold Liable

When an automobile is involved in an accident with a truck, the aftermath can be devastating. A tractor trailer weighs as much as 80,000 pounds--sixteen times more than the average car. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enacted special laws and regulations meant to lower the number of commercial trucking accidents. If you were involved in a trucking accident, seek out a truck accident attorney in Kentucky to represent you. You need a lawyer with localized expertise to help you file your trucking accident claim.

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