Date for Budenholzer DUI Trial Set

| August 18, 2015

Budenholzer

ATLANTA — A trial date of October 8 has been set in the driving under the influence case of Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, this year’s NBA Coach of the Year.

The case will be heard in Fulton County State Court by Judge Diane E. Bessen at 9 a.m.. Budenholzer entered a not guilty plea on two misdemeanor charges in the case on July 28. According to court records, Budenholzer waived a jury trial at that time.

Budenholzer faces misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence alcohol less safe and defective or no taillights from an arrest Aug. 28, 2013 after being stopped by police at 10:30 p.m. at 10th Street and Crescent Avenue in Midtown.

The case was moved to Fulton County State Court at the request of the prosecutor’s office during the initial hearing in Atlanta Municipal Court in October 2013. The statute of limitations was due to expire in three months when the case was placed on the court docket in May.

Budenholzer faces up to a year in jail, as much as a $1,000 fine, a driver’s license suspension and community services for a first-time offense. If Budenholzer is found guilty, he would also face a likely two-game suspension from the NBA.

The trial date comes between the Hawks’ first two exhibition games of the preseason. They are scheduled to play the Cavaliers in Cincinnati on Oct. 7 and the Pelicans in Jacksonville on Oct. 9.

Budenholzer led the Hawks to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals last season, losing to Cleveland.

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