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Anyone Can Drive Drunk (and That’s Why You Shouldn’t)

It doesn’t really matter who you are, or your station in life. There comes a time when you may think it’s a good idea to get behind the wheel when you’ve got a few drinks in you. In such a state, it’s actually a good thing if a policeman spots you and pulls you over in time before you manage to get into an accident.

Celebrities are Not Good Examples to Follow about This

DUI is one of the most common criminal offenses that sees a celebrity picked up by the police and made to spend a night in a holding cell. The media picks up on it very quickly. Worse yet, because inebriation tends to loosen self-control, it’s the perfect time to hear some juicy reputation-destroying sound bites.

For example, the actor-director Mel Gibson, who directed the award-winning movie “Passion of the Christ”, sparked controversy for a drunken spree of anti-Semitic slurs when he was pulled over and arrested for DUI back in 2006.

More recently, Dina Lohan, Lindsay Lohan’s mother was arrested and pleaded not guilty to DWI. This is somewhat ironic since her daughter is well known for her brushes with the law. By accounts she behaved rudely and denounced the tests as “stupid” even with a blood alcohol breathalizer result that’s double the New York limit. However, it is her first offense and she has no prior criminal record.

Many celebrities are pulled over and soon let out on bail. But accidents and wrecks don’t care about money in the bank or legions of fans. The hassle of being arrested is one thing, but what about the potential for death and permanent injury? If someone ends up dying from a star being drunk at the wheel, what about the millions in court settlements and bad publicity that suddenly needs to be addressed?

If you’re not a celebrity, then even more so you can ill afford the penalties involved in a Driving While Intoxicated case. Driving drunk isn’t an edgy thing to do, or suggestive of an exciting, high-risk and high-reward lifestyle. It’s just dumb, and the media is right to criticize celebrities that do it anyway.

Most DWI attorneys understand and support the notion of keeping the roads safe for everyone. Lawyers also uphold the basis of our justice system – presumed innocence. Your legal team should vigorously defends the rights of those charged in New York– or anywhere in the State of New York. If you were charged in New York, visit this DWI Lawyer in Rochester.

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About the Author

Mr. Sloan has spent the last 14+ years focusing his attention on DUI representation. He has done more than 100 felony trials and has earned numerous favorable results for his clients, including Not Guilty verdicts, dismissal of cases, and beneficial plea agreements.