The Celebrity DUI / DWI Roundup is a monthly post covering recent celebrity DUI arrests, as well as important updates on developing DUI cases involving notable celebrities. These posts are not meant to feed into the hype that often surrounds celebrity DWI arrests but are instead meant to show that even the rich, powerful, and famous have to accept the penalties of a DUI unless they work with an experienced DWI attorney. At Levow DWI law, our award winning attorneys have seen far too many drivers accept the consequences of a DUI arrest without considering alternative legal options. These cases can be won. Just because you are arrested for a DWI does not mean you will be convicted.
On Sunday, August 5th, 2018, Brian France, the CEO and Chairman of NASCAR, was pulled over by police officers in the Hamptons. The officers reportedly initiated the stop because he ran a stop sign, and when they spoke with him they began to suspect that he was intoxicated.
The officers then asked France to participate in a field sobriety test which they claim he failed.
A blood test showed that France’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He has recently pleaded not guilty to the charges against him which include the misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated DWI, and DWI.
If found guilty, France could face up to a year in jail for each charge.
Tommie Lee, star of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, has agreed to spend two days in jail as part of the plea deal she accepted. She will also have to perform 40 hours of community service as well as drug and alcohol evaluation. Her probation will last for 1 year.
Lee was arrested in 2016. When officers pulled over her Jeep, they noticed an abnormal amount of movement inside the vehicle. After questioning a male passenger in the car, he admitted that it was actually Lee behind the wheel, and he had switched places with her once the car had stopped, making it appear as though he had been the driver.
When officers attempted to remove her from the back seat so she could be given a field sobriety test she resisted, and officers had to use force to pull her from the seat. Ultimately, she was charged with a DUI, disorderly conduct, and driving on an expired license.
In May 2017, police officers found famous golfer Tiger Woods asleep behind the wheel of his car and charged him with a DUI. In October of that year, Woods avoided spending time in jail by accepting a plea deal which required him to enter a DUI diversion program, spend 50 hours performing community service, and spend 12 months on probation.
However, a judge recently announced that his probation would end early because Woods had “successfully completed all regular and special conditions."
In April 2018, officers pulled over MLB player Jayson Werth after they noted that the plates on his truck were expired. The officers claim that when they approached the truck, Werth threw a lit cigarette on the ground and tried to use his MLB fame to persuade the officers to let him go with a warning. However, police state that he was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol.
When asked to submit to a field sobriety test, Werth refused (which was his right) and officers took him into custody. Because he also refused to submit to a breath test, a warrant was issued allowing the police to forcibly draw his blood. It was at this time that he agreed to have his blood drawn without protest.
Werth later pled guilty to a DUI. He was sentenced to a DUI diversion program, fined $1,600, and had his license suspended.
Even though we write a monthly publication about the challenges faced by those who have been charged with a DUI, our experienced attorneys understand how damaging a DUI can be. That’s why we work hard to keep our clients’ information private and out of the spotlight.
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