The Celebrity DUI / DWI Roundup is a monthly publication covering recent celebrity DUI arrests, as well as important updates on developing DUI cases involving notable celebrities.
While many articles covering celebrity DUI arrests tend to focus on the “hype” surrounding the incident, the Celebrity DUI / DWI Roundup is meant to highlight the legal options available to those arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
At Levow DWI Law, our team of New Jersey DUI defense lawyers have seen far too many drivers simply “fall on the sword” after a DUI arrest by pleading guilty to the charges against them without considering alternative options.
We are also dedicated to maintaining our client's’ right to privacy and keeping them out of the spotlight so you will never see a Levow DWI Law client (celebrity or not) listed in an article like this.
Michael Ray Stevenson, more commonly known by his stage name Tyga, was recently taken into custody to be investigated for suspicion of drunk driving in Los Angeles, CA.
According to reports, the 27-year-old American rapper was leaving Avenue Nightclub in Hollywood at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12th, when police officers stopped his vehicle.
Officers say that they stopped Tyga’s vehicle after noticing that he was driving with paper license plates instead of standard metal plates.
Tyga was reportedly taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to be investigated for a possible DUI. After arriving at the police station, officers determined that Tyga was not under the influence of alcohol and released him with a ticket for operating a vehicle without a driver’s license or insurance.
American fitness trainer Jackie Warner was officially charged with drunk driving, assaulting a law enforcement officer, and a misdemeanor hit-and-run in a case stemming from her DUI arrest back in February.
Warner was initially arrested for driving under the influence back in February after she was involved in an auto accident in the West Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
Police reports alleged that Warner had admitted to consuming one martini earlier in the day when questioned by police officers at the scene of the accident in February. Warner later claimed that she had taken an Ambien earlier in the evening and that she did not recall driving or being arrested, suggesting that she had been sleep driving at the time of the incident.
However, police officers obtained a chemical test from Warner at the police station that registered her BAC at 0.08%.
We reported on the original DUI arrest in the Celebrity DUI / DWI Roundup in February.
According to TMZ, Warner appeared in court in April where she was ultimately charged with one count of felony assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of driving under the influence, and a misdemeanor hit-and-run.
Many people following Warner’s case were surprised to learn that prosecutors charged Warner without considering evidence supporting the claim that she had taken prescription Ambien and was sleep driving.
"We have letters and reports from Jackie's doctors which prove a long history of insomnia and which strongly support our contention that Jackie was driving unconscious after taking Ambien, which had been prescribed to her," Warner’s lawyers told TMZ.
Warner’s lawyer continued saying, "I reached out to the D.A.'s Office weeks ago and was assured that deputies would review our reports before filing charges. We are extremely disappointed that the D.A.'s Office filed these charges without reviewing our evidence, as promised."
Steve Francis pled guilty to one count of DWI in his case stemming from an arrest in Houston, TX last year.
The ex-NBA star was arrested in November 2016 after being pulled over for driving 88 mph in a 65 mph zone. Police officers on the scene reportedly noticed the smell of alcohol on Francis’ person and found marijuana in the vehicle. He was ultimately arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after allegedly refusing to submit to multiple field sobriety tests.
You can read more about the original DUI arrest story in the Celebrity DUI / DWI Roundup from November 2016.
Francis appeared in court on Tuesday, April 11th, where he pled guilty to the misdemeanor DWI charge that he was facing. The judge sentenced Francis to three days in jail, a one year license suspension and a $1,000 fine. However, the judge also gave Francis credit for time served so he will not have to go to jail in the end.
A DWI arrest can be a frightening experience and can lead to serious consequences if not handled correctly.
At Levow DWI Law, our legal team has successfully defended the rights of countless drivers arrested on drunk driving charges in the past. We’ve helped many clients obtain favorable outcomes including reduced charges and penalties, as well as acquitted charges, in some of the most difficult cases.
If you or a loved one were arested on drunk driving charges in New Jersey you can contact Levow DWI Law for a free consultation to learn about your legal options.