Sep

30

Several Men Arrested for DUIs While Driving Tractors

By Mike

A DUI arrest, in the public’s imagination, typically involves high speeds, reckless driving, and a dramatic confrontation with the police. And it almost certainly includes a car.

Not every DUI arrest, though, fits this mold. A recent spate of men being arrested for drunk driving while operating tractors shows that DUIs may occur in the strangest places.

The first noteworthy arrestee wasn’t even driving a large tractor. Last week, a man in western Pennsylvania faced charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and assaulting a police officer after he was arrested while riding his lawn tractor.

According to the Beaver County Times, 44-year-old Mark Grove was allegedly driving his lawn tractor down the middle of a road on a Thursday afternoon, which prompted a call from a neighbor to 911 concerning an “out of control man.”

When police arrived, Grove was carrying a coffee mug full of beer and he admitted to the police officers that he had been drinking.

After the police arrested Grove, he allegedly began kicking a police officer and head-butting the partition that separates residents of a squad car’s backseat from the officers in the front of the car.

To the disappointment of newspaper readers across Pennsylvania, Grove declined to comment on his arrest. Court records also show he has yet to choose to hire a DUI lawyer.

Grove can take some solace in the fact that his arrest wasn’t the only tractor-related DUI arrest in recent days.

Last week, police in Madison, Alabama, arrested 33-year-old Forrest Stewart for driving under the influence after the man was found driving a riding lawnmower through the downtown streets.

According to WHNT News, a police spokesman said driving any mechanical device under the influence of alcohol makes the driver eligible for a DUI arrest.

In the words of Madison Police Lieutenant John Stringer, “If you’ve been drinking to the point where you don’t think you need to be driving your car, you probably don’t need to be driving any vehicle.”

Finally, thenorthwestern.com recently reported that a man in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, also unlawfully used his lawn tractor while drinking alcohol.

According to sources, a 73-year-old man was spotted by his neighbors driving his lawn tractor around town on several occasions while allegedly enjoying adult beverages.

After the report, police spotted the man driving his tractor under the influence of alcohol in the early afternoon. It was the man’s fifth arrest for operating a motor vehicle while drunk.

The lesson, it seems, from these various anecdotes is that the combination of a motor and alcohol is bad, whatever the circumstances.

You may avoid the costs of a DUI by staying sober on the road, even if you’re in an unconventional vehicle.

Sep

28

Police Force Sober Teenager to Take Breathalyzer Test

By Mike

Breathalyzers are typically used at traffic stops when police suspect that someone has been driving under the influence of alcohol. Rarely, though, are breathalyzers used on young people who are not driving.

A 13-year-old boy, however recently discovered that police have several applications for breathalyzers, which are simple devices used to detect a person’s blood alcohol content.

According to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against police in Livonia, Michigan after the police allegedly forced a teenager to take an alcohol breath test while on a school field trip.

At the time of the incident, the boy and his classmates were on a field trip celebrating their eighth grade graduation at Livonia’s Rotary Park.

The ACLU lawsuit alleges that the boy and his friends had walked into nearby woods for a brief walk when an assistant principal, who had followed them into the woods, found them and accused them of drinking alcohol.

The assistant principal based his allegation on a liquor bottle that was found near the boys, though they claimed it did not belong to them and that they had not been drinking.

When the police arrived, they forced the students to take a Breathalyzer test. To the embarrassment of school officials and the officers, each boy blew a 0.0, proving that they had not had alcohol.

The boy’s lawsuit focuses on the officers’ breach of his Fourth Amendment right to not be subjected to an unlawful search. The Fourth Amendment is designed to protect innocent people from obtrusive searches by the police.

According to the ACLU, federal and state courts have ruled police officers must have a search warrant to administer a breathalyzer test to someone who is not driving.

The lawsuit also claims that, not only did the police officers not have a warrant to lawfully administer the blood alcohol test, they also did not have any probable cause of wrongdoing that might have given them a reason to pursue a search warrant in the first place.

As the lawsuit stated, “[w]hen there is no evidence that a child has done anything wrong, he should never be subjected to this degrading and embarrassing procedure in front of his teachers and peers.”

As mentioned above, these types of situations are relatively uncommon. Breathalyzer tests are usually given to adult drivers when they are suspected of driving under the influence.

Even under these circumstances, however, breathalyzer tests are not infallible. In addition to the tests’ potential for making mistakes, police must also follow a strict set of guidelines when they give BAC tests.

If these police fail to follow proper procedures, or the results of the BAC test are unreliable, a DUI lawyer may help a person arrested for a DUI fight the charges.

Sep

27

Dealing with DUI: 44 Best DUI, Alcohol and Driver Safety Resources

By Mary Ann

DUI, Alcohol & Driver Safety Information

Here at Checkpoints, we know that dealing with a DUI can be difficult. There’s the emotional stress of confronting the incident, the process of finding a DUI attorney, court dates and any number of other related issues that go into resolving a DUI case.

Fortunately, there are tons of great resources and blogs out there for information on topics related to drunk driving. The Checkpoints team keeps a number of blogs bookmarked for easy access. After sharing them amongst ourselves, we thought it would be helpful to offer readers a definitive list of our 44 favorite DUI, alcohol and driver safety resources.

We may not be affiliated with the following blogs, but in our opinion, they’re the best of what’s out there and we’re proud to give them the recognition they deserve.
To make your browsing experience as easy as possible, we’ve broken the list down into the following categories:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Alcohol News & Information
  • Alcoholism Treatment & Recovery
  • Driver Safety

A big congratulations to our winners, and thanks for all the excellent reading. Keep up the great work!

    Drunk Driving

  1. Blog to Eliminate Drunk Driving. The official blog of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) details the inspiring work the organization is doing around the country and serves as an excellent resource for issues related to drunk driving, drunk driving victim services and underage drinking prevention. Read it: http://maddonline.blogspot.com/
  2. Behind the Wheel. The official blog of DrinkingAndDriving.Org, Behind the Wheel is written by citizens committed to public safety, respect for the law, and responsibility. They believe education is the most powerful tool for making sure those who choose to drink never choose to drink and drive. Read it: http://www.drinkinganddriving.org/blog/
  3. DWI Blog. Chris Alexander’s blog is a great resource for comprehensive information on the laws and rules governing DWI. In an attempt to make the roads a safer place, Chris regularly posts news updates and current research about drinking and driving trends. Read it: http://www.aboutdwi.com/blog/
  4. Breathalyzer Blog. This is exactly the kind of blog you might expect from a company specializing in personal safety devices. The Breathalyzer Blog covers stories about alcohol safety and drunk driving prevention. Read it: http://www.q3ats.com/blog/
  5. Alcohol News and Information

  6. Alcohol News. Updated every Monday, Alcohol News is a great blog for staying up to date on alcohol-related news around the world. Whether you skim the headlines or read the full articles, Alcohol News is always good for getting a big picture snapshot of alcohol policy on a global scale. Read it: http://alcoholweekly.blogspot.com/
  7. Alcohol Reports. This blog is a one-of-a-kind resource collecting the most current news, reports, publications and peer-reviewed research articles about alcoholism and alcohol-related problems on a global scale. The editorial team strongly encourages the sharing of research findings and always provides contact information for authors. Read it: http://alcoholreports.blogspot.com/
  8. Beer Booze News. If it’s alcohol news you’re interested in, you’ll be hard pressed to find a blog updated more regularly than Rob K.’s Beer Booze News. From tax increases to prevention, he covers it all and he covers it often. Read it: http://www.beerbooznews.com/
  9. Drinkaware. If you’re looking for a definitive source of information on responsible drinking, you won’t do much better than the UK’s Drinkaware. They may be based across the pond, but the resources you’ll find here are easily applicable anywhere. Read it: http://www.drinkaware.co.uk
  10. Points. The official blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society is written by a group of scholars with wide-ranging expertise. Together they offer original reflections on the history of alcohol and drugs, the policy surrounding them, and their place in popular culture. Read it: http://pointsadhsblog.wordpress.com/
  11. Alcohol Law Review. Paul Pisano, Senior Vice President of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, keeps you current on alcohol regulation and legislation at the Alcohol Law Review. From court cases to Congress, this blog has all kinds of useful legal information regarding alcohol. Read it: http://www.alcohollawreview.com/
  12. The Politics of Drinking. Written by freelance journalist Phil Mellows, The Politics of Drinking covers, among other things, the UK pub industry and alcohol policy. As an authority on the subject, Phil offers opinion and insight on news and research related to the alcohol industry. Read it: http://www.philmellows.com/
  13. Drinking Diaries. Caren and Leah write about women’s issues, education and travel for a variety of publications, but at Drinking Diaries they write about … drinking. More specifically, the blog is designed to be a forum for women to share, vent, express and discuss their drinking stories without judgment. Above all else, Drinking Diaries is a true community, through and through. Read it: http://www.drinkingdiaries.com/
  14. S.A.D. Blog. This Tumblr blog from Stop Alcohol Deaths (S.A.D.) is devoted to promoting responsible drinking. News stories, opinions, cartoons and more make up S.A.D.’s collection of original and found content. Read it: http://tumblr.stopalcoholdeaths.com/
  15. Alcoholism Treatment & Recovery

  16. The Immortal Alcoholic. A truly honest and heartfelt blog from the wife of an end-stage alcoholic. Linda shares all kinds of personal stories detailing her trials and frustrations; she also provides some great information and insight about the facts related to alcoholism. Read it: http://immortalalcoholic.blogspot.com/
  17. The Alcohol Harm Reduction Blog. This is the official blog of HAMS, a peer-led network devoted to bettering the lives of drinkers and non-drinkers by promoting safe alcohol use. Posts are generally written by Kenneth Anderson, the author of How to Change Your Drinking: A Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol, and are an excellent source of information about safe drinking habits. Read it: http://hamsnetwork.wordpress.com/author/porkchoptze/
  18. Alcohol Awareness Speaker. At the age of 18, Marcus Engel was blinded and nearly killed when he was hit by a drunk driver. After years of rehab and hours of reconstructive surgery, Marcus has regained control of his life and now speaks professionally about overcoming adversity. On his blog, Marcus offers personal thoughts on a number of inspirational topics. Read it: http://alcoholspeaker.blogspot.com/
  19. Journey Healing Centers Blog. Still in its infancy, we’re excited to promote the new blog from Journey Healing Centers. Their hope is that it will provide a place for anyone involved with drug or alcohol rehab to strengthen one another and find support. We hope so too. Read it: http://www.journeyrecoverycenters.com/blog/
  20. The Alcohol Free Social Life. If you’re thinking about giving up alcohol, this blog deserves a bookmark on your browser’s toolbar. The Alcohol Free Social Life offers useful information about how alcohol affects you and how you can live without it. Read it: http://www.alcoholfreesociallife.com/blog/
  21. At the Bottom of My Gin Cup I Found Tea. James Robe was previously a personal chef to the Dutch Ambassador; he is now the owner of Driftwood Tea. Along the way he picked up another title – Sober. His personal blog chronicles his progress and achievements along the way. Read it: http://gincup.com/
  22. Alcoholism Support Blog. Filled with posts about current topics related to alcoholism, this blog is a great resource for someone struggling to deal with an alcohol addiction. The goal of the Alcoholism Support Blog is to help individuals understand the problems and issues that lead to alcoholism in the first place. Read it: http://www.alcoholism-support.org/alcoholism-blog.html
  23. The Discovering Alcoholic. Clean and sober since ’94, Gavin is known by his readers as “The Discovering Alcoholic.” He recently handed off most of the writing on his blog to his good friend “Screedler,” who continues to prove, post after post, that the road to recovery is not a dead end. Read it: http://discoveringalcoholic.com/
  24. Healing Imperfectly. People clean up everywhere. The author of Healing Imperfectly recently celebrated her first year of sobriety while on active duty in Afghanistan. Her blog posts are always heartfelt and offer up an honest look inside one woman’s personal healing process. Read it: http://healingimperfectly.blogspot.com/
  25. Breaking the Cycles. Lisa Frederkisen, who alone has more than 40 years of experience with family alcohol abuse and alcoholism, found Breaking the Cycles in 2008. The site’s blog is an excellent source of news and insights regarding substance abuse and addiction. Read it: http://www.breakingthecycles.com/blog/
  26. Working Partners. As an organization dedicated to helping companies maintain a drug-free workplace, Working Partners uses its blog as a platform for providing all kinds of useful information about drug and alcohol safety. Read it: http://blog.workingpartners.com/
  27. Thinking About Drinking. This blog is an extremely interesting documentation of one individual’s attempt at “re-learning to drink.” Read up on insightful experiences and personal opinions as the author of Thinking About Drinking explores the possibilities of “controlled drinking.” Read it: http://thinkingaboutdrinking.net/about/
  28. Binge Inking. Authored principally by Peapod, an individual in long-term addiction recovery and who works in the addiction treatment field, this blog offers news, opinion, comments and random musings on addiction and recovery. Binge Inking is always a good source for information and personal stories. http://www.bingeinking.com/
  29. Stark Raving Sober. Here’s a blog that thoughtfully covers many different aspects of addiction, often from a humorous perspective. The title comes from a phrase used to describe people who are crazy, even when they’re not bombed out of their gourds. We’ll let you determine for yourself if you think the author fits the bill. Read it: http://stark-raving-sober.blogspot.com/
  30. Life Without Beer Goggles. Oscar started drinking at the age of 13 and drank on and off until he checked himself into a treatment center in 2005. He’s been sober for more than six years, now. Life Without Beer Goggles is Oscar’s attempt share is experiences getting sober with the millions of other people going through the same thing. Read It: http://www.lifewithoutbeergoggles.com/
  31. Alcoholic Outsider Artist. From the same city that produced Henry Darger comes Chicago’s Parker Lanier, the Alcoholic Outsider Artist. In his own words, his pictures are “confused, abrupt, adamant, honest and entirely lacking in foresight … they are made possible only by the depth of my illness and the gift of my sobriety.” Trust us when we say you’ve got to see them for yourself. Read it: http://alcoholicoutsiderartist.blogspot.com/
  32. Addiction Inbox. Dirk Hanson is a freelance science reporter and novelist. His Addiction Inbox blog is an extensive, well-kept collection of articles and health studies on drugs, addiction and alcoholism. Dirk’s blog is a great resource for tracking down the most recent scientific studies and medical findings on addiction. Read it: http://addiction-dirkh.blogspot.com/
  33. Last 100 Days As An Alcoholic. Exactly as it sounds, Last 100 Days was intended to be the documentation of one alcoholic’s last 100 days of drinking. The strategy didn’t quite work at first, but with some help from his family and his doctor, the author has now been sober since April 20, 2011. Last 100 Days documents his progress as he continues to enjoy the sober life. Read it: http://soberin100days.blogspot.com
  34. Driver Safety

  35. The Safe Driver. Scott Marshall is Director of Training for Young Drivers of Canada and has been a judge on three seasons of Canada’s Worst Driver. On his blog The Safe Driver, Scott offers his own observations, opinions and insights on safe driving and driver education. Read it: http://safedriving.wordpress.com/
  36. Defensive Driving Blog. If you’re looking for useful and accessible tips for safer driving, the Defensive Driving Blog is always a good read. Updated regularly, the authors keep this blog filled with information applicable to all drivers. Read it: http://defdriving.wordpress.com/
  37. Women-Drivers Blog. Women-Drivers.com is “putting women in the driver’s seat.” Anne Fleming launched the site in 2008 and uses the Women-Drivers Blog to discuss all things auto from a distinctly female perspective. Read it: http://www.women-drivers.com/blog/
  38. Comedy Guys Defensive Driving Blog. The Comedy Guys team has been providing entertaining defensive driving classes for more than 15 years. On their blog, the group offers tons of defensive driving tips and auto-related news, with more than a handful of funny videos along the way. Read it: http://www.comedyguys.com/blog/
  39. How We Drive. The official blog of Tom Vanderbilt, Slate’s transportation columnist and the author behind Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do. Tom uses How We Drive as a platform to share his latest work as well as his thoughts on various driving and traffic related issues. Read it: http://www.howwedrive.com/
  40. L.A. Can’t Drive. Ranked by L.A. Snark as one of the top 50 L.A. blogs, L.A. Can’t Drive is Michael Shen’s attempt to prove that L.A. is a city filled with truly terrible motorists. Posts offer specific examples of terrible drivers, ranking each incident on an “Idiocy Meter” scale. Read it: http://www.lacantdrive.com/
  41. 4 Safe Drivers. A blog dedicated to providing drivers across the country with relevant driving news. From new ordinances to pending legislation, 4 Safe Drivers has all kinds of useful driving information. Read it: http://www.4safedrivers.com/blog/
  42. Collision Guard Blog. Collision Guard is a safe driving community whose goal is to “create aware, safety-conscious drivers.” Their blog is a great resource for staying up to date on driving-related news from the serious to the sexy (according to a recent post, sexy drivers drive Audis). Read it: http://collisionguard.com/blog/
  43. Drive Safe Blog. The Drive Safe Blog is dedicated to “helping parents create safer roads, one teen at a time.” With experienced accident investigator Mike Pehl leading the team, Drive Safe’s bloggers offer tons of great information on how to stay safe behind the wheel. Read it: http://drivesafeblog.com/
  44. Driver’s Seat. This Wall Street Journal blog features news, views and advice about cars, auto safety, driving and transportation. Driver’s Seat is written primarily by Jonathan Welsh, with contributions from auto critic Dan Neal and Wall Street Journal reporters. Read it: http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/
  45. Speed Check. Speed Check serves as an open and informed forum for discussion on traffic and pedestrian safety topics. The blog is an excellent resource for information and insights on driver- and traffic-related facts, opinions and experiences. Read it: http://www.informationdisplay.com/traffic_calming_blog/
  46. Traffic Safety Culture. As the official blog of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Traffic Safety Culture offers its readers information that aims to improve drivers’ attitudes and behaviors for the better. Read it: http://aaafoundation.blogspot.com/
  47. Zoom Safer Blog. Zoom Safer specializes in software to promote the safe, hands-free use of mobile phones while driving. The company’s blog is a reliable source of information about safe driving and the fight to curb distracted driving. Read it: http://zoomsafer.com/blog/

Sep

26

Ryan Gosling’s Secret DUI Revealed by Gossip Magazine

By Mike

In a sign that gossip magazines’ obsession with celebrity drunk driving arrests may have gone too far, Radar Online recently reported on a celebrity DUI that occurred more than half a decade ago.

Ryan Gosling, the unwitting victim of a media with a long memory, managed to keep a 2005 DUI arrest out of the public eye until last week.

According to Radar Online, the popular star of films such as “The Notebook” and “Lars and the Real Girl” was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol way back in March of 2005.

Sources indicate that he was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers from the force’s central Los Angeles location.

Fortunately for Gosling, he and his DUI lawyer were able to lower his punishment. While Gosling was initially charged with a DUI, and his breathalyzer test allegedly revealed a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit of .08, both these charges were eventually dropped.

Instead, Gosling pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of “exhibiting speed.” According to sources, he was sentenced to two years of probation and had to pay roughly $800 in fines.

Cases like these, in which a celebrity escapes a DUI arrest with relatively minor charges, sometimes raises the public’s ire. If a celebrity is perceived to escape the consequences of his actions, people may view the end result as unjust.

However, while celebrities often see DUI charges dropped or reduced, average Joes are often just as capable of fighting their drunk driving arrests.

There are hundreds of things that can go wrong during a DUI arrest. If the police make a procedural error, or a mistake in judgment, the DUI charge may not hold as much weight in court.

In addition, courts often treat first-time offenders with more leniency than they handle people who have habitually violated the law.

Of course, even if the charges are reduced, most people do not face the challenge of having news of their arrest appear in a grocery store checkout line six years after the event occurred.

While DUI convictions are technically part of the public record, they do not have to end careers or lead to financial disaster.

By taking aggressive steps immediately after a DUI arrest, many people have a better chance of defending their legal rights in court.

For what it’s worth, Ryan Gosling’s career certainly seems to have survived his brush with the law in 2005.

The Canadian actor is currently starring as a stunt driver in the film “Drive,” which may have prompted the excursion through his driving record, and has had a leading role in at least half a dozen major movies in the last few years.

So, whether you are a big-time actor or just a regular non-famous civilian, remember that a DUI arrest is not always the end of the world. As Gosling can attest, regaining the freedom to drive again may be quite simple.

Sep

20

Two Police Officers Arrested for Drunk Driving

By Mike

While police officers are typically on the lawful side of most DUI arrests, the men in blue are not immune to the hazards of drinking and driving.

Two recent incidents highlight the sobering fact that arrests for drunk driving can happen to anyone, regardless of their standing in the community.

First, in Portland, Ore., an off-duty police officer was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence after a local sheriff’s deputy discovered him sleeping in his car on the side of an Oregon highway.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the officer, Randy Vanderhoof, has worked with the Portland Police Department’s K-9 unit for several years, and is a 19-year veteran of the police force.

After the arrest, Portland Police Chief Michael Reese emphasized that his department holds every citizen accountable to the law, regardless of their rank.

Reese also observed that officers face unique professional stresses, and said that they sometimes resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms. Reese claimed that Vanderhoof would have access to whatever counseling he needed after the incident.

While the arrest of a police officer is always a bit surprising, this incident also raises an important issue with respect to driving under the influence.

In most states, people can be charged with a DUI even if they are not actually driving. In many areas, if someone is intoxicated and is merely sitting in the driver’s seat without going anywhere, that person may still be arrested for a DUI.

With that in mind, the Houston Chronicle, which seems particularly concerned with the criminal fate of police officers across the country, also reported on another similar incident.

According to the newspaper, a police captain in Hastings, Neb., also recently suffered the embarrassment of a DUI arrest.

Sources indicate that 43-year-old Gene Boner rolled his pickup late at night while driving in Hastings. When police responded to the scene, they arrested Boner on suspicion of drunk driving. Fortunately, Boner was not injured in the incident.

After his arrest, the police captain was taken to a county jail, where he stayed for a few minutes before being released on bond.

Local police officials said they have placed Boner on administrative leave and that an internal investigation will determine the officer’s future role with the police department.

The arrests of police officers for unpopular criminal offenses sometimes raise a bit of celebratory gloating from members of the public.

However, the recent incidents in Nebraska and Oregon show just how dangerous drunk driving can be. In addition, they reveal that no one is immune from the potential legal consequences of driving while intoxicated.

If veteran police officers sleeping on the side of the highway can be arrested for a DUI, everyone who gets behind the wheel with alcohol in their system is running the risk of a possible arrest.

Sep

15

Wrestler Matt Hardy Arrested for DWI, Again

By Topher

Former WWE and TNA wrestler Matt Hardy was arrested at North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham International Airport Monday on charges of DWI. The incident marked Hardy’s second DWI arrest in a matter of weeks.

Yesterday, TMZ.com published the police report from Hardy’s arrest this week, detailing the former wrestler’s allegedly disturbing behavior.

According to the report, police received several phone calls from concerned drivers Monday afternoon who claimed a car “almost hit two drivers three separate times.” When Hardy was spotted by an airport police officer, his car reportedly “swerved into the curb and then back onto the road.”

After Hardy was pulled over and asked to step out of his vehicle, the wrestler allegedly did so without putting the car in park. The officer reported, “The vehicle rolled forward and I yelled for him to put the vehicle in park.”

Observed to have “slow and slurred speech, sleepy eyes and a very lackadaisical demeanor,” Hardy proceeded to fail multiple field sobriety tests administered by the officer.

When asked to walk a straight line, he lost his balance and fell after taking only two steps. Given a second chance, Hardy made it “two or three steps” before failing to continue “heel-to-toe,” and again lost his balance.

Hardy was asked to stand on one leg. According to the report, he was unable to hold his leg up longer than one second.

A breathalyzer test showed that there was no alcohol in Hardy’s system, and a “Drug Recognition Officer” was called in to perform additional tests. The officer concluded that Hardy was under the influence of “Central Nervous System depressants,” and he was arrested on the spot.

The Monday arrest comes after Hardy received a previous DWI charge in late August. At the time, he was arrested when a trooper of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol discovered Hardy to be impaired after the former wrestler ran off the road and struck a tree.

Hardy is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 30 for this week’s arrest.

Sep

13

TV Star Jamie Pressly Avoids Jail After DUI Arrest

By Mike

While celebrities are no more likely to get arrested for a DUI than others, their brushes with the law always receive extensive media coverage.

Recently, Jamie Pressly, best known from the popular sitcom “My Name is Earl,” was able to escape a jail sentence after reaching a plea deal in her DUI case.

According to Fox News, Pressly was arrested for driving with a blood alcohol content of .22, which is almost three times the legal limit of .08.

Her arrest happened in January, when police officers noticed her car driving recklessly through the hills of Santa Monica, California.

Despite the severity of the crime, Pressly and her attorneys were able to spare her jail time, as the actress agreed to a sentence requiring probation for a period of three years.

Had she been convicted on her two charges, Pressly was potentially facing a maximum punishment of six months in prison.

Pressly’s legal tale is not uncommon. In fact, first-time offenders, as well as people who have been previously arrested for a DUI, often attempt to strike a deal with the court to avoid jail time.

The maximum sentences for certain crimes, including driving under the influence, are not always enforced. If people who are arrested have a firm grasp on their legal rights, they may be able to reduce their sentence.

In many instances, people arrested for a DUI are required to pay a fine or serve a probationary sentence. Jail time is often reserved for repeat offenders, or people who commit particularly egregious offense.

The avoidance of a jail sentence was important to Pressly so that she could continue filming for her new sitcom, “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” which premieres later this fall.

Pressly, who started her career as a gymnast and then a model, is perhaps best known for her comedic work in movies. She has starred in movies such as “Not Another Teen Movie,” “Joe Dirt,” and “I Love You, Man.” Pressly has managed to carve a successful career playing high-strung, strong-willed characters.

Unfortunately, Pressly’s brush with the law is not uncommon. DUI arrests happen every day, but they do not have to spell financial doom for the people who are arrested.

Consulting with a DUI attorney may help you gather more information about your state’s DUI laws, as every state has a unique set of regulations related to drunk driving arrests.

If you are facing DUI charges, contact a local DUI lawyer today for more information about defending your legal rights.

Sep

7

49ers’ Braylon Edwards Fined, Not Suspended for DUI

By Topher

In the week leading up to their season opener, San Francisco 49ers receiver Braylon Edwards received word from the NFL that he will not be suspended for DUI charges brought against him more than a year ago when he was a member of the New York Jets.

The wide receiver, who pled guilty to the charges in July, will be fined $50,000 for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The fine comes in place of a possible suspension and totals roughly two percent of Edwards’ salary.

The San Jose Mercury News reported on the NFL’s formal statement regarding the wide receiver’s case.

“Braylon Edwards was fined $50,000 for violating the NFL policy on Substances of Abuse. The fine is for the DUI only,” the league explained. “Any other matters will be addressed at the appropriate time.”

While the final sentence of the statement suggests room for further discipline, the NFL allegedly assured 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke that Edwards would not face suspension.

The disciplinary action against the 49ers receiver stems from Edwards’ September 2010 arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated.

The night of the arrest, NYPD officers stopped Edwards on Manhattan’s West Side for excessive tinting on the windows of his SUV and noticed a strong smell of alcohol. When given a breath test, Edwards’ blood alcohol content was .16, twice the legal limit.

At the time, Edwards was on probation for aggravated disorderly conduct stemming from accusations that he punched a man outside a Cleveland nightclub in 2009.

News of his league fine comes as a relief to the 49ers, who knew Edwards may be facing possible suspension when they signed him to a one-year, $2.1 million contract.

Edwards is currently listed as a co-starting receiver for the team’s Sunday opener against the Seattle Seahawks.