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Randy Travis loses another bid to halt release of arrest video

Country singer Randy Travis recently lost another legal bid to keep video footage of his 2012 drunk driving arrest under wraps. Washington music fans may be aware that he has been fighting to stop the video's release for several years.

Travis' request to place a preliminary injunction on a police recording of his arrest, which reportedly shows him naked and resisting officers, was denied by a federal judge on Nov. 30. The ruling allows the Texas Department of Public Safety to release the footage any time after Dec. 1.

According to Travis' lawsuit, the video is embarrassing and should be banned from release under health privacy laws. In addition, Travis' attorney states that his client is no longer able to discuss or defend his behavior in the video due to his current medical condition. Travis suffered a stroke that greatly diminished his speech capabilities in 2013. As a result, his wife petitioned the court to legally fight the release of the video on his behalf, but her petition was denied. Travis took a previous lawsuit regarding the footage all the way to the Texas Supreme Court, but that petition was also denied. Travis' attorney said he intends to appeal the latest decision.

Drunk driving convictions often carry severe penalties, including prison time, fines and the loss of driving privileges. However, individuals faced with DUI charges may be able to obtain a more favorable outcome by retaining the services of a criminal defense attorney to represent them in court. A lawyer could review the case and build a solid defense based on the situation. In some cases, the charges may be dismissed. In other circumstances, it may be possible to get the charges reduced through a plea deal.

Source: ABC News, "Randy Travis loses legal bid to keep DUI footage private," Kristin Hall, Nov. 30, 2017

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