- He had a perfect right to refuse the breath test. The law allows for that where since driving is a privelage and not a right, if you refuse the test you lose your license for a specified time. I am sure he was aware of this going in, especially since he has already been through it once. That is really no reason to try to crucify him, at least to my thinking. I also find his main reason hard to believe but he has a perfect right, once again to get the best lawyer he can find and to fight the charge in open court, which he did. It really doesn't matter what we think about this case. Main thing being he was found not guilty in a court of law. Case closed. Lets all just move on with our life and let him and his family move on with theirs. I personally would like to see the family at least make another attempt at cleaning up their home and try to be a tad bit more orderly but one more time, it's their life and if it bothers me so much, all I have to do is change the channel and not watch the show. I do give the parents credit for raising four children which anyone with children should know, it is certainly not the easiest job in our lifetime. I hope the kids turn out to be valuable additions to our society and if so, what more can we ask of the parents? The Mom leads a hectic life for sure and I am sure it has not been easy for her. She does seem to be a wonderful Mom though and she deserves accolades for that. As for matt, he is certainly a one of a kind and he has had to battle many problems within his life and he seems to have won many of them. Lets just give them all the credit they deserve and if those watching the show get enjoyment out of it, good for them and good for everyone. That's the good old American way, at least to my way of thinking. I don't watch them as much as I used to because I feel that the kids seemed to have changed somewhat. But, kids do that anyway and maybe its part of their growing up. I hope they all have a wonderful life. (Posted on May 9, 2008, 1:08 pm Just wondering)
- Oregonian_Man, or what ever your name is, I think you are awful too ...seriously I bet the only excitment you ever get is with your hand because you sure seem to have alot of time to be putting the roloffs down. Big woop you live by them, I really could care less...so I think that you should get a life and GROW UP! (Posted on January 26, 2008, 11:42 pm canadians_rock)
See here I'm going to think like an atty should here:
1. Unless he REFUSED to take the breathalyzer test for any particular reason d.t. state law then he should be allowed his day in trial court.
2. His dwarfism has not stopped him from accomplishing his goals as in raising a family, running the family business as in profitable family business, teaching others about his dwarfism, and education is the key to dispelling what others have heard of say 250 varieties of Dwarfism per TLC.
3. Familial support is another. If I was Amy I'd clock him for being irresponsible but here he is taking care of it. He does not have to air the family business to no one via tv camera intrusion.
4. HE's HUMAN people! He + Amy have raised with alot of pain as parents of four children with their parents still living being there for them.
5. Everyone who wrote a disparaging word about this should apologize to the family, yourself. Their WEALTH came about because MATT + AMY work hard to take care of the farm, kids + farm related projects to keep the place interesting. He's passing on a legacy to his 4 children. I think you need to respect that.
6. Medically, the facts have not been presented in advent of DUII charge. He can refuse or comply with a judge's order but I believe the client will cooperate with the state of Oregon.
7. The officer reported him in a blue Chevrolet van? truck? Minivan?? -- Matt owns a red Ford Explorer, Red VW Beetle; Amy owns a white Minivan, yellow convertible; Oldest son has yellow mustang (Matt's keeping it until he matures) + The mule. Farm machinary, etc. Its a farm people - get over it.
8. Until the matter is once again reviewed by Appointed Counsel of this case respect the families wishes to be left alone. Vicious rumors passed from this forum should exercise caution. Do not forward any questions to TLC at this time.
Now everyone have a nice day. I am a fan of the show but you all are really not respecting the family's privacy either. Leave them be. (Posted on January 16, 2008, 1:01 pm Shelley)
- Does anyone know the outcome of his day in court yesterday? I hope we don't have to wait until the new season to find out what happens. (Posted on January 9, 2008, 11:59 am Clark)
- Don't believe the bad advice about always refusing to take the breath test. Facts are that in 27 states refusing to take the test results in an automatic one year suspension of DL and in some cases jail time. Typical DUI sentences suspend licenses for 90 days or less. If you have a medical condition that skews the results - that will be handled at trial. (Posted on January 8, 2008, 6:41 am Bob Rocklin)
- All DUI attorneys will tell you to NEVER take the breathalyzer test -- they're not reliable and often give false readings. They advise you to tell the officer (politely) that you do not want to take the breathalyzer test and want to talk to your lawyer. You will automatically be charged with a DUI for not taking the test, but I've heard of many cases that were dismissed after the facts got sorted out in court. (Posted on January 4, 2008, 9:12 pm Kathy Lo)
- YOU: accuse them of things that they don't know anything about.?????????? ME: oh yes, I'm such an awful person.....bla bla bla. Unlike you, I live down the street from the Roloff Farm. Where might you be from? (Posted on January 4, 2008, 9:12 pm Oregonian_Man)
- wow..u guys are awful.. for one, they're not midgets, they're dwarfs- calling them midgets in disrespectful, just because they're shorter does not mean that they don't have feelings like everyone else..also, everyone makes mistakes, i'm pretty sure none of you were there & i'm pretty sure none of you were there with him, so you don't know the exact details and exactly what happened, it's not ok to judge someone just by what you heard & because they're on tv and got in trouble does not mean that they think they're above the law- he must have had some reason for pleading 'no contest'- one last thing- the roloffs have worked hard to have the life they have, it's not like it came to them easily- they deserve everything they have, but there are some pathetic people out there that can't take that & have to put people down and accuse them of things that they don't know anything about. (Posted on January 3, 2008, 9:17 pm j.)
- I really enjoyed watching the show for the last couple seasons but lately it's been getting tired. All the Roloff's ever do now is flaunt their new found wealth and travel the world in yachts and private jets paid for by the Discovery channel. I've heard rumors that Matt will plead "no contest " for a suspended sentance and fine. Either way, I don't expect the show lasting beyond next season. (Posted on January 2, 2008, 6:42 pm Oregonian_Man)
- Fry the midget! (Posted on January 2, 2008, 10:07 am Mrs. Sawyer)
- I'm not saying he wasn't drunk, but I've read that if you're a diabetic with low blood sugar then you should avoid the breath test. A byproduct of hypoglycemia is something called ketoacidosis that causes the production of acetone that can be recorded by the brethalyzer as alcohol. So the test can read elevated levels of alcohol on someone's breath where there may be little or none. See "Diabetes, Breath Acetone and Breathalyzer Accuracy: A Case Study", 9(1) Alcohol, Drugs and Driving (1993). http://www.a1articles.com/article_38721_18.html . Also - early stages of a diabetic attack can include dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech, weakness, loss of coordination and confusion. So, there may be a good reason why he refused the test. However, he must not have been too messed up by his "out of whack" blood sugar -- if that will be his story -- because he was OK enough to remember not to take the breathalazyer. (Posted on December 23, 2007, 11:42 am Defender and a Doubter)
- I can just see where this case is going. You can see in recent TV shows that Roloff is trying to be more personable to endear himself to the public - instead of his borderline (or over the line) nasty guy he has been. I don't know how his family can put up with him. But, regarding his DUI, his show has certainly focused on his diagnosed diabetes. What better excuse to use for a drunk driving charge? Gee, judge - I'm a diabetic and my blood sugar must have been out of whack. What possible good reason could he have had for refusing the breath test, which could have easily proven him innocent of driving impaired? The only possible reason he would have refused is because he knew it would prove him guilty. This man, because of his show, now leads a PRIVLEDGED life, and apparently he thinks he is so privledged and special that he is above the law. He would have earned a little more respect if he would have admitted his mistake and taken his punishment like a man - instead of a spoiled child. (Posted on December 23, 2007, 10:46 am Disgusted former fan)