DUI-manslaughter is one of the most serious charges in the criminal justice system – so serious that even the ultra-rich can’t get away with it. If a prosecutor can prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a DUI-manslaughter case, it doesn’t matter who you are. That’s what the heir to a billion-dollar family fortune learned in November when a Florida judge sentenced him to 16 years in prison. John Goodman, 51, will not even be allowed to post bail while appealing the conviction, Palm Beach County Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath ruled. Whether you’re rich or poor, if you’re charged with DUI in southern California, arrange to speak at once with an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.
The prosecution contended that Goodman was intoxicated while driving a $200,000 Bentley when he ran a stop sign and slammed into another car, forcing that car into a canal and killing the driver. The prosecution also said that Goodman waited almost an hour before reporting the accident. Blood test results showed that Goodman’s blood alcohol content level was double the legal limit. In October, a jury convicted him of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide. Goodman inherited an air conditioning business, sold it for $1.4 billion, and then founded a polo club and become known as the “Polo King” of Florida.
Anyone and everyone who drives while intoxicated – whether you’re rich or poor – faces the risks of arrest, imprisonment, accident, injury, and death. If you are charged with DUI in Orange County, make certain that you are properly defended and represented. An experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney can protect your rights, explain your legal options, and guide you through the legal process to the best possible resolution of your DUI case. If you are charged with driving under the influence anywhere in southern California, it doesn’t matter who you are – you should call an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney immediately.