It’s easy to hear on the news that another celebrity has been arrested for a DUI and think that they won’t face any real consequences simply because they are rich and famous. The reality is that celebrities face the same consequences as everyone else when charged with a DUI, however, they understand the value in consulting with an experienced attorney.
Each month, our legal team reviews recent celebrity DUI arrests to show that even the rich and famous have to go through the legal process.
Darren McFadden, a former Cowboys running back, was arrested at a Whataburger in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for a DWI in January. He has now officially been charged with a DWI and resisting arrest.
According to police records, McFadden was asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle in the drive-thru. When police woke him up, he resisted arrest so violently that the windows of his vehicle ended up smashed in.
McFadden’s court date is set for October. If found guilty he could face up to two years in prison, fines, and other penalties.
Dwight Gooden was arrested on July 22nd, 2019 for a DWI. Police initiated the stop because Gooden was allegedly driving the wrong way down a one-way street. According to witnesses, Gooden was “a mess” and clearly intoxicated.
This isn’t the first time Gooden has been charged with drinking and driving. In 2010, he crashed his car while under the influence with his 5-year-old son in the back seat. Additionally, just a few weeks prior to this latest arrest, on June 7th, Gooden was arrested for possession of cocaine and driving while under the influence.
The former pitcher has been struggling publicly with drugs and alcohol, entering rehab for the first time in 1986 after he tested positive for cocaine.
Gina Kirschenheiter, star of Real Housewives Of Orange County, pleaded guilty to a DUI in early July. Her arrest took place in January, with police initiating the arrest after a traffic violation.
According to court records, she was sentenced to informal probation and must complete six months at an offender alcohol program. She must also complete 20 hours of community service. The star has been vocal about taking responsibility for her actions and has stated that she made a bad decision after a “mom’s night out”.
If you’ve been charged with a DWI in New Jersey, you aren’t alone. Each year thousands of drivers are arrested and charged with a DWI.
You don’t have to simply sit back and wait to see what penalties you will have to deal with. There are many ways to create a legal defense against a DWI and our legal team is here to help.
We review each case and use the facts to build a defense that is custom to that client. You can be sure that you will feel supported throughout the entire legal process as we take our client’s satisfaction quite seriously. Contact our local law firm to learn more.