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Fort Lauderdale has recently become a notorious locale for high profile DUI’s. Justin Bieber’s Miami DUI was just one of many multi-million dollar cases to hit local Florida courtrooms this past year. Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyers can add multi-millionaire John Goodman to the list of DUI suspects tentatively scheduled to go to trial in coming months. Most DUI lawyers are privy to the fact that courtroom evidence can be extremely time sensitive in regards to proving or disproving cases where sobriety has been questioned. For this reason, holidays and snowflakes stand to strengthen and/ or weaken the chances for criminal defense.
On the Clock This Valentine’s Day
After pop icon Justin Bieber’s drag racing stunt, local DUI lawyers were thrown a small schedule curveball when it was publicly announced that the barely legal crooner would be arraigned on Valentine’s Day. Cupid’s holiday would have to take a backseat to the pressing high profile case. This was arguably the first of the yearly reschedules in the world of DUI law. Postponing flowers and moonlit strolls and replacing them with trial preparation tends to come with the territory in the life of a DUI lawyer. As Bieber’s lawyer punched the clock and put in some holiday overtime, another high profile case was threatened by winter weather.
John Goodman: Accused of DUI Manslaughter
Florida founder of the International Polo Club, John Goodman was accused of DUI manslaughter in an incident that claimed the life of 23 year old resident Scott Wilson. The multi-millionaire mogul was convicted of DUI manslaughter and facing up to 30 years of incarceration when his DUI attorney discovered that questionable evidence had been used in the trial that led to his conviction. A motion was filed in late February aimed at the reexamination of the blood samples and Goodman’s re-trial was tentatively scheduled to take place shortly after.
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According to Goodman’s DUI lawyer, the evidence used to convict Goodman was gathered incorrectly. The defense claims that the needle used to draw Goodman’s blood did not come from a state approved kit. Then there is the matter of the controversial procedure allegedly used by the crime lab to determine Goodman’s BAC level. The defense goes on to say that the crime lab did not follow through with regulations, making the original evidence inadmissible.
The Cold Front Moved Forward
The Goodman retrial, which allegedly consists of inadmissible evidence, was pushed back when the northern cold front moved forward. Regardless to the end result of the retrial, Goodman will be forced to spend at least another two weeks on house arrest. Out of state witnesses are said to be a factor in the reschedule of the month and unreliable weather could throw a few more schedule changes into the mix before the winter season gives way to spring. Time is a valuable thing to have on your side when facing criminal charges, but sometimes Mother Nature and/or Cupid have plans of their own.
About the Author:
Michael D. Leader is a criminal lawyer with Fort Lauderdale law firm Leader & Leader P.A. specializing in all forms of criminal law, Leader and partner George Leader offer years of legal experience and commitment to ethics.