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Oilers Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin Has a New Court Date

Many Arizona DUI attorneys are anxious for the trial of Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who was charged with driving under the influence in Arizona last February. However, attorneys and Oiler fans are just going to have to wait a little longer for the trial, as the Edmonton Journal reports that hockey player's court date has been pushed back again.

Nikolai Khabibulin's trial was pushed back two different times in Scottsdale Municipal Court because of a backlog of other cases. Last week, a trial date was set for September 29 and the Oiler goalie elected to be tried by a jury. However, Nikolai Khabibulin's DUI attorneys confirmed yesterday that the man's trial will be pushed up to August 27 and that the trial will be before a judge, rather than a jury.

The hockey star was charged with extreme DUI in Scottsdale after a breathalyzer test revealed that he had a blood-alcohol level of .164 percent at the time of his arrest. If Nikolai Khabibulin is found guilty of the extreme DUI charge, he faces a minimum 30 day jail sentence plus fines. The maximum penalty for conviction of an extreme DUI is six months in jail.

Perhaps Nikolai Khabibulin's case shows that anybody can be charged with a DUI, even professional hockey players in the NHL. If you need help fighting a DUI charge in Arizona, it's a good idea to speak to an Arizona DUI attorney in order to learn more about the process of a trial and specific information on drunk driving crimes.

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