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Obama Uncle Released from Custody on DUI Charge

Onyango Obama, an uncle of President Barack Obama, has been released from custody following his August arrest for Driving under the Influence (DUI/DWI). Onyango Obama was arrested August 24, 2011, after a police officer observed him fail to stop at an intersection. Reports indicate that Onyango Obama had red, glassy eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. The officer had Onyango Obama perform several field sobriety tests, which he failed. Onyango Obama was subsequently arrested on DUI charges. Following his arrest, it was determined that Onyango Obama may not in the country legally and may have previously been deported. He was taken into I.C.E. custody, but was released from I.C.E. custody this week. He is required to check in with immigration authorities regularly as a condition of his release.

Driving under the Influence (DUI) is a serious offense that can happen to anyone. In Nevada, a DUI-Alcohol can be committed in one of three ways: (1) driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08; (2) having a blood alcohol of 0.08 within 2 hours of driving; or (3) being under the influence of alcohol at the time of driving, irrespective of the blood alcohol level. NRS 484C.110(1). A DUI-Controlled Substance can also be committed in more than one way. A DUI-Controlled Substance can be committed by: (1) driving while under the influence of a controlled substance; (2) driving under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance; (3) driving after the person "Inhales, ingests, applies or otherwise uses any chemical, poison or organic solvent, or any compound or combination of any of these, to a degree which renders the person incapable of safely driving or exercising actual physical control of a vehicle" or (4) driving with certain proscribed levels of prohibited substances in the person's blood and/or urine. NRS 484C.110(2) and 484C110(3).

A conviction for DUI can have serious consequences on a person's personal and professional life, and punishments for DUI in Nevada are extremely harsh. Even a misdemeanor DUI can bring up to six (6) months in jail, extensive counseling requirements, community services and loss of driver's license. Felony DUI convictions result in long MANDATORY prison sentences. If you or someone you know is arrested for or charged with DUI, it is important that you contact a Las Vegas DUI Attorney right away. The Las Vegas DUI Lawyer can assist you in analyzing the facts of your case, identifying appropriate defenses and providing you with the most aggressive defense strategy possible to protect your legal rights.