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Man gets life in prison for 10th DUI

Californians may have heard the news about the Texas man who was recently sentenced to life in prison for his 10th DUI conviction. According to sources, the 62-year-old man received the sentence on Jan. 20 at his sentencing hearing in Parker County, Texas.

Reportedly, the man had 12 DWI arrests resulting in 10 DUI convictions. For the 10th conviction, the man was stopped by law enforcement officers in April 2014 with a blood alcohol level that measured in excess of four times the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Prosecutors stated that the man was initially released on bond following his arrest with an ankle monitor. The man then reportedly cut off the ankle monitor and fled to Colorado, where he received yet another DUI.

The man has reportedly been to prison three times for previous DUI convictions. At sentencing for the current case, the judge reportedly told the man that the life sentence was meant to protect people in the community. The man should be eligible for parole after he serves at least 15 years of his sentence.

Drunk driving may be treated very harshly, especially if a person has prior convictions for DUI. A person who is charged with a DUI may want to get help from a criminal defense attorney who may be able to spot problems with the way in which the initial stop was conducted. Legal counsel may also see errors in the administration of roadside sobriety tests or in the administration of a breathalyzer test. If mistakes were made, evidentiary motions could be filed by the attorney challenge the admissibility of the evidence.

Source: FOX News, "Texas man sentenced to life in prison after 10th drunk driving offense," Jan. 23, 2016

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