The Celebrity DUI / DWI Roundup is a monthly publication that reports on the details of recent DUI arrests involving noteworthy celebrities. Many articles that cover DUI arrests simply intend to shine the spotlight on celebrities who’ve been arrested, but that is not the point of this article.
Instead, the Celebrity DUI / DWI report is meant to highlight the legal options that are available to drivers (whether celebrity or not) who are arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving.
At Levow DWI Law, our DUI defense lawyers have successfully represented the rights of individuals arrested on DUI charges for decades. Unfortunately, we have seen far too many drivers simply “fall on the sword” by pleading guilty to the charges against them after being arrested on DUI charges, without fully investigating all of their legal options. There are many defenses to a DUI charge and all should be explored.
This month’s Celebrity DUI / DWI Roundup covers recent DUI arrests involving a former boxing champion, as well as the DUI arrest of a famous rapper. This month’s report also includes an update on a DUI case involving a former NFL quarterback.
Professional boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya was arrested for DUI in January after being pulled over by police officers in Pasadena, CA.
According to reports, the former boxer was driving a Range Rover on Del Mar Boulevard in Pasadena on Tuesday, January 24th, at approximately 2:00 a.m. when he was pulled over for speeding.
The officers who stopped Oscar De La Hoya apparently suspected him of being under the influence of alcohol during the stop. The 44-year-old boxing champion allegedly failed multiple field sobriety tests before police officers arrested him on suspicion of DUI.
Oscar was ultimately charged with one count of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater. He awaits trial for the two charges against him.
American hip hop artist Plies was arrested on drunk driving charges back in January in the Tampa Bay, Florida.
According to reports, Plies was driving in Hillsborough County, Florida on Tuesday, January 17th, when he was pulled over by police officers. The rapper allegedly refused a blood alcohol content test and was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The singer of the hit song “Bust It Baby” was later released on $500 bond and awaits trial for the DUI charge.
Former NFL quarterback Vince Young recently negotiated a plea deal in his DUI case stemming from an arrest in 2016.
The ex-NFL star was arrested for DUI on January 24th, 2016 in Austin, TX after allegedly driving with a BAC more than three times the legal limit in Texas.
After the arrest, Young released the following statement:
"Regardless of the outcome of the pending investigation, I would like my friends, family and fans to know that I do not condone drinking and driving in any way whatsoever. I am very disappointed in myself and am so sorry for any conduct that has made this legal process necessary. I specifically want to apologize to the young men and women who look up to me as a role model and to my employers at the University of Texas and the Longhorn Network. Please let this be a lesson to you all and a moment for you to learn from. I understand the seriousness of the situation I am in and take full responsibility for not having met my own standards of personal conduct."
Now we have learned that Young recently cut a plea bargain with prosecutors to avoid jail time. According to reports, Young pleaded “no contest” in exchange for 18 months probation and 60 hours of community service.
Young will also be required to install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle for 9 months.
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