A Judge in Jonesboro, Georgia set a high bond for former Atlanta Hawks
guard Daron "Mookie" Blaylock this Tuesday - $250,000. The large
bond comes after the Judge announced her intention to protect the community from a
habitual DUI offender, noting that Blaylock's DUI history revealed six previous DUI arrests.
Blaylock is currently facing several charges for his current arrest, including
second-degree vehicular homicide when he was involved in an accident that
killed a local woman in late May.
Prosecutors had been pushing for Blaylock's bond to be set at $500,000,
as his criminal record showed DUI arrests in 1996, 2009, two in 2010,
2012, and another earlier this year. The Judge expressed her apprehension
with his record, stating that when a person gets more than two or three
DUIs, it warrants concern. She also added that she believed "DUIs
are vehicular homicides that didn't occur."
vehicular homicide, in addition to other charges, is what Blaylock faces now. If convicted
of second-degree vehicular homicide – a misdemeanor in which death
is caused "without an intention to do so" and occurs without
negligent driving or a DUI offense – Blaylock can face up to a year
imprisonment under Georgia law. While Blaylock has a lengthy DUI rap sheet,
with many reports stating that some of the All-Star's past
DUI charges were reduced to less serious offenses, his Attorneys state that the accident
was caused by a medical condition that caused Blaylock to black out behind
the wheel. The fatal accident occurred on May 31 on Tara Boulevard, roughly
20 miles south of downtown Atlanta.
Multiple DUIs in Georgia
Whatever the particular facts in this case may be, and wherever they may
lead to an eventual verdict, the case shows that repeat DUI offenders
face considerably harsh consequences. Under Georgia Law, convictions for
a second and third DUI within 10 years of a previous DUI conviction will
result in increased terms of imprisonment and larger fines. A Fourth DUI
offense is considered a felony, and is punishable by imprisonment between
one and five years.
In addition to heightened charges and penalties, multiple DUI offenders
face harsh, unsavory judgment from society. Potential employers, educators,
and others who may conduct background checks view multiple DUI convictions
as a red flag, which can seriously limit an individual's ability to
gain employment and financial stability. If you or someone you care about
has recently been arrested and charged with a DUI with a prior DUI conviction,
it is of the utmost importance that you seek experienced, aggressive DUI
defense. Learn more about protecting your rights, record, and future by
contacting an Atlanta DUI attorney from the Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub today.