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Nikolai Khabibulin Plans to File Appeal in DUI Case

Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin hit media headlines last February when he was arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI in Scottsdale. Yet the hockey player's name is now being thrown around once again since he was sentenced to 30 days in jail over the incident last week.

The Toronto Sun reports that a Scottsdale judge also sentenced Nikolai Khabibulin to complete an alcohol-education program and pay fines of more than $1,500 in addition to spending 30 days behind bars. But will the hockey player follow through with this sentence?

The Oiler has an experienced Phoenix DUI attorney representing him in his case, who says that he plans to appeal the sentence. Through the appeals process, DUI attorneys are looking to get Nikolai Khabibulin's sentence reduced. Because the appeals process can take months or even years to conclude, it's likely that we'll see Nikolai Khabibulin out of jail and on the ice for the 2010-2011 NHL season.

Some Arizonians might say that Nikolai Khabibulin was lucky to get off with such a lenient sentence for the convictions of extreme driving under the influence, excessive speed and driving under the influence with blood alcohol level over .08. FindLaw states that a conviction to extreme DUI, a DUI with BAC level over .15, carries enhanced penalties with a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail. Essentially, Nikolai Khabibulin may have gotten lucky with the minimum sentence for such an offense. However, a Phoenix DUI attorney can always appeal a sentence or DUI conviction. Time will tell if an appeal will work in the goalie's favor.

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