(PRWEB) November 08, 2012
A man was recently pulled over in Spotsylvania County and charged with a DUI. This is not an uncommon occurrence, but what the police discovered about his history was. According to Fredericksburg.com It turned out that David Marion Apraham had been arrested and convicted of 11 previous driving under the influences, and that at the time he was pulled over in Virginia, he was supposed to be under house arrest in Mississippi.
Virginia DUI lawyer Nicole Naum comments on the case, the punishment, and what it says about the relevant laws and statutes.
"Court records show that Mr. Apraham was originally charged with a 4th or subsequent DUI within 10 years but that the charge was amended to a 3rd DUI within 5 years which is a Class 6 Felony with is punishable by up to 12 months in jail or 1-5 years in prison. On the DUI charge, the judge sentenced Mr. Apraham to the full 5 years with none suspended despite a much lower sentencing guideline recommendation."
According to that article, this is the third time that Apraham has been charged with a DUI in Virginia. He had already been sentenced to five years in prison with four years suspended after his last charge.
Ms. Naum wonders what else other than just jail time Mr. Apraham should do in the wake of this most recent arrest.
"I agree with the defense attorney’s assessment that it is time to provide alcohol abuse counseling. While incarceration is one way to pay his debt to society, a recidivist of alcohol related crimes generally needs treatment to stop the behavior which continuously lands him before a judge. Punishment is necessary where a person pleads guilty to a crime that endangers the community but without programs and court ordered intensive treatment there may be no end to this vicious cycle. Thankfully, it appears Mr. Apraham has not injured anyone but himself with his destructive addiction."