Michael J. Kempf


Age: 53

Arrested: May 16 at 10:37 p.m.

Address: 217 Jefferson Ave., Evansville

Charge: Operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life (level 5 felony), leaving the scene of an accident (class b misdemeanor), operating a vehicle while intoxicated (class c misdemeanor)

Attorney: John Warrum, public defender

Arresting agency: Evansville Police Department

Status of Case: 

  • May 18 (information filed): Court sets bond at $50,000 surety or $5,000 cash. Defendant is not to drink or drive.  
  • May 22 (initial hearing): Court enters preliminary plea of not guilt. Condition of bond – no drinking or driving. Defendant is to report to probation and be placed on AAPS (Alcohol and abuse probation services).
  • May 31:  Motion for discovery filed
  • June 26 (hearing): Defendant orally requests for early trial date.
  • July 24 (hearing): Parties orally recite plea agreement in open court. Defendant enters guilty plea to count II- leaving the scene of an accident and count III- operating a vehicle while intoxicated.Sentenced 140 days at the Vanderburgh County Jail with 70 days as jail credit. Defendant served sentenced – and released from custody. Court orders restitution to James Lambert in the sum of $1,000.

DUI History:

November 2004: Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (class c misdemeanor), operating a vehicle with a prior conviction (level D felony)- pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated enhanced to a class D felony. Court finds defendant’s criminal history as an aggravating circumstance and find a mitigating circumstance in that defendant pleaded guilty to this offense. Court now sentences the defendant to the Inidnaa Department of Corrections for a period of 32 month executed. License suspended for 2 years.

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