Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin officially has his Scottsdale DUI trial set for July 7 and has an evidentiary hearing on scheduled for June 21. The hockey star could be facing serious legal trouble, since he was charged with an extreme DUI after a breathalyzer test revealed that he had a blood-alcohol level of .164 percent when he was pulled over by Scottsdale police officers.
Mr. Nikolai Khabibulin plays for the Edmonton hockey team, but the man actually owns a home in Paradise Valley. The Edmonton Journal reports that he was arrested not far from his home when driving a black Ferrari on February 8. Many Arizona DUI attorneys would argue that Mr. Nikolai Khabibulin is very unlucky to get a driving under the influence charge in the Grand Canyon state. This is because Arizona is known to have some of the harshest DUI laws in the country.
If Mr. Khabibhulin is convicted of the first-time extreme DUI, he faces a minimum 30-day jail sentence and a maximum six month jail sentence. FindLaw states that the state of Arizona requires all DUI offenders to install and maintain an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. This is a device that requires the driver to take and pass a breath test before starting a vehicle. Arizona is one of the only states that require mandatory use of the ignition interlock for first-time DUI offenders.
Apparently this wasn't Nikolai Khabibulin's best hockey season. The 37-year-old goaltender played just 18 games for Edmonton Oilers before he suffered from a major back injury.
DUIs can happen to anyone, even a professional hockey player. If you need help fighting a DUI charge in Arizona, speaking with an Arizona DUI attorney may be useful.
- Comparing State DUI Laws (FindLaw)
- Arizona Supreme Court Ruling Makes it Easier to be Convicted of a DUI (FindLaw's KnowledgeBase)
- See an Arizona DUI Attorney (FindLaw)