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DUI crash proves fatal, but defendant evades strict sentencing.

Twenty-year-old former University of Miami student, Ivanna Villanueva, who killed a woman in a devastating DUI crash two years ago has evaded the harshest sentencing.

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During a hearing Wednesday, Villanueva was lead away in handcuffs to begin three years in a youthful offender facility as part of a deal worked out with prosecutors — a deal that was anything but certain.

Villanueva turned herself in Tuesday to start serving her time for the fatal DUI, at the facility. There, she was required to take a drug test, but was unable to complete the first test. After taking the second test, she produced positive results for amphetamines.

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“It would’ve been a violation had they been illegal drugs but they were not. These were prescribed medications under healthcare and under doctors orders,” said Villanueva’s attorney.

The judge was presented with a full analysis of the test result along with a note from Villanueva’s doctor which stated that he prescribed her the medication for ADHD. In the event Villanueva had failed to pass the drug test, she would have been facing 15 years in jail.

As an additional part of her deal, Villanueva will serve 15 years of probation and perform a thousand hours of community service for the fatal 2011 accident which took the life of Eyder Ayala. Furthermore, she will be required to make a donation to Mothers Against Drunk Driving on the anniversary of Ayala’s death.

The accident occurred at the intersection of LeJeune Road and Majorca Avenue. Villanueva was speeding when she slammed into the rear Ayala’s car.   The impact from the crash was so severe that Ayala’s trunk was compact into the front seat.  Ayala, a mother to five and grandmother to seven, died at the scene.

David Rudio is an expert Michigan DUI Lawyer.

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Toxicology tests revealed that Villanueva’s blood alcohol content was .231, nearly triple the legal limit of .08.

Ayala’s family has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Villanueva and her father, saying he is liable for her conduct. The multi-million dollar lawsuit claims Villanueva was “speeding, negligent and reckless” on the night of the accident.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol can have devastating consequences. It is important for drivers to remain calm, and it is beneficial if a person is knowledgeable of the DUI laws in Michigan.

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This is not the time to experiment with self-representation or plead to the charges “just to get it over with.” You need the expertise of a lawyer that specializes in OWI and DUI cases.

At Rudoi Law, we know how to discredit a super drunk designation on OWI (DUI) charges. Questioning the timing of the arrest and testing, the reliability of the equipment used, and the technician’s experience are all proven, winnable defense tactics.

If your case requires it, we also have access to leaders in the toxicology field to examine your specific case and to testify to the latest findings in the field. Furthermore, at Rudoi Law we know to how cross-examine state experts to expose the potential weakness of their equipment, personnel, and findings.

If you or someone you care about needs legal counsel for your drunk driving case, Rudoi Law is available 24 hours a day to help.

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