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DUI Manslaughter Convict Charged With DUI

Before he was sentenced in August 2003 for DUI-manslaughter, James N. wept and apologized to the victim’s family.

The sentence included a six-year prison term. He was released from a Florida prison on Sept. 6, 2008 and started serving five years of probation.

On Aug. 20, 2011, James was arrested in Volusia County. The charge: boating under the influence.

Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a report that they were patrolling the St. John’s River within Volusia County shortly before 11 p.m. on Aug. 20. They said they noticed the engine of a 17-foot ski boat tangled in a barbed-wire fence that extended from the shoreline.

Authorities said James was the boat’s operator. He appeared to be confused about why the boat would not move.

Freeing the boat, commission officials did a boat safety inspection, the report said. While on board, they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from James, who was unstable and had slurred speech.

James was arrested after completing a field sobriety exercise.

The arrest constituted a violation of the terms of his probation. On Sept. 6, a Marion County judge signed off on an arrest warrant for VOP.

James, 45, turned himself in at the Marion County Jail on Sept. 14. Court records show he’s being represented by the Public Defender’s Office.

James declined an interview request from the Star-Banner.

In addition to prison time and probation, the sentence for the DUI-manslaughter included a $500 fine and court costs, 100 hours of community service, and permanent revocation of James’ driver’s license.

Because of his past and very serious offense, it’s even more vital for James that he contacts a Port Charlotte DUI attorney at Musca Law to discuss his legal defense then it would be for others charged with DUI.