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Randy Travis loses legal bid to stop release of DUI video

Washington music fans may be interested to learn that Randy Travis of the Country Music Hall of Fame has lost his legal bid to stop the release of a video of his 2012 drunk driving arrest. The footage reportedly shows the country singer naked and threatening police.

On Nov. 30, a federal judge denied Travis' request for a preliminary injunction against the release of the video, freeing the Texas Department of Public Safety to release it. Various parties had sought access to the footage through open records requests. Travis and his family have been fighting to stop the release of the video, which they say is private and embarrassing, for several years. The singer fought a previous case all the way to the Texas Supreme Court, but he lost. His wife also petitioned a federal court to sue on his behalf, but she was denied. Travis had a stroke in 2013, and his attorney claims that he cannot speak well and is in no condition to discuss or defend his actions.

Following the ruling, Travis' attorney stated that he plans to file a motion to have the judge's order stayed. He will then appeal the decision to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The state's attorney general said portions of the video will be censored to cover the singer's nudity.

If convicted, individuals facing DUI charges could be sentenced to prison and heavy fines. They could also have their driver's license suspended. However, defendants might avoid such penalties with the help of a criminal defense attorney. An attorney may be able build a strong defense and work to get the charges reduced or dismissed.

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