Nikolai Khabibulin, who used to play for the Phoenix Coyotes, will still be able to play in the NHL this season while the appeals process continues. Because the man's sentence is stayed, the hockey player will be allowed to leave the country and play for the Edmonton team as planned. Some Phoenix criminal lawyers predict that the appeals process could drag out for the entire hockey season, which could mean that Nikolai Khabibulin will not miss any time with his team.
In addition to 30 days of jail time, the Edmonton hockey player was also sentenced to complete an alcohol education program and pay fines and surcharges of more than $1,500. Through the appeals process, lawyers are looking to get Nikolai Khabibulin's jail sentence reduced. Because the man had a blood-alcohol level of .164 (over .150), he faced an extreme DUI charge, which carries a minimum 30 day jail sentence.
The Grand Canyon state is known to have some of the toughest drunk driving laws and drug laws in the country, so it's not too surprising to see somebody with a month long jail sentence, which is actually the minimum jail sentence for his criminal charge. Yet Phoenix criminal lawyers can always appeal a conviction or sentence with a case like this. We'll see just how long this appeals process takes.