The Celebrity DUI / DWI Round Up is a monthly report that describes the details of recent celebrity DUI arrests throughout the US.
However, the goal of this monthly report is not to simply recap the stories of celebrity DUI arrests. Instead, the intention of this article is to highlight the various legal options available to those arrested on intoxicated driving charges, whether celebrity or not.
At Levow DWI Law, P.C., we believe that it is important for an individual who is arrested for a DUI or DWI to understand all of their legal options before making a decision about how to proceed with their case.
Not enough drivers are aware of their legal options after a DUI arrest and too many decide to simply fall on the sword by pleading guilty to the charges without considering alternative options.
Our DUI defense attorneys have helped many celebrities (and non-celebs alike) to significantly reduce or even eliminate the charges against them by pursuing alternative legal options after a DUI arrest. Additionally, our DUI defense lawyers are committed to protecting our clients’ right to privacy and keeping their names out of the spotlight, which means that you will not find our clients in an article like this.
Roger Clinton, who is the brother-in-law of current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, was arrested for suspicion of DUI in Southern California last month.
According to reports, Roger Clinton was arrested in Redondo Beach, CA, and was subsequently charged with driving under the influence after allegedly failing field sobriety tests administered by Redondo Beach Police.
Lieutenant Joe Hoffman of the Redondo Beach Police Department issued an official statement in which he reported that Clinton “was transported to the Redondo Beach jail where he refused all chemical testing and was booked for suspicion of driving under the influence.”
The arrest came just two days before the California primary which Hillary Clinton ended up winning.
Roger Clinton is scheduled to appear in court in Torrance, CA on September 2nd, 2016.
Ray Bourque was recently arrested on intoxicated driving charges in Massachusetts after being involved in a car accident.
The former Boston Bruin’s hockey player was driving in Andover, Massachusetts on the night of Friday, June 24th, when he reportedly rear-ended another vehicle in a construction zone. Police arrived to the scene of the accident and charged Bourque with operating under the influence of alcohol.
Michael Phelps recently completed his 18-month probation sentence stemming from his DUI arrest in 2014 in Baltimore, MD.
The DUI arrest made major headlines at the time and was the second time Phelps was arrested on drunk driving charges, having previously been arrested for DUI in 2004.
Following his 2014 arrest, Phelps was sentenced to 18 months of probation in which he was ordered to stay alcohol / drug free and was required to attend self-help groups for 72 weeks.
A representative from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services reported that Phelps completed his probation without slipping up and his case was closed on Sunday, June 19th, 2016.
Phelps is scheduled to compete in the upcoming Rio Olympics in August where he hopes to add to his world record, 22 Olympic medals.
Disney Channel star Debby Ryan recently pleaded “no contest” to the DUI charges stemming from her arrest in April.
Ryan, who stars on the Disney hit series Jessie, was originally arrested on felony DUI charges after allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and being in an accident in which an occupant in the other vehicle involved was injured. However, the felony charges were later dropped to misdemeanor charges.
Read the original story of the arrest in our Celebrity DUI / DWI Round Up from April here.
In her hearing on Thursday, June 30th, Ryan pled no contest to reckless driving. As a result, she was able to have two misdemeanor DUI charges dismissed. The sentence included three years of probation, as well as three months in a DUI program, but no jail time or DUI charges.