Court finds double DUI suspect guilty, hands down 5-year sentence
KEALAKEKUA — A man accused of driving drunk twice within 24 hours and striking a pedestrian within that time was found guilty by a 3rd Circuit Court judge on Wednesday and sentenced to five years incarceration, despite the defendant’s no contest plea.
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Bail .$0.50 or a six pack of Colt .45!
Ruin a person’s life and get 5 years in prison …. seems pretty light to me
‘LaMarca added he never heard from Martin or his attorney. “I never heard so much as an apology,” he said.’
Don’t know the specifics here… but believe in general, attorneys always advise you to never apologize after an accident because it implies an acceptance of fault when you may not know the full circumstances of what happened, and can have implications in terms of criminal, civil and insurance actions taken against you. It does seem cold, egregious and irresponsible not to apologize when you truly feel bad for harm you caused the other person… but from a purely legal standpoint, it’s often the “smart” thing to do.
Edit: Should have added — in no way am I defending Martin’s actions in driving drunk… and do wish the very best for Mr. LaMarca in his continuing recovery.