Some media would have you believe that police only pick on those at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum. But our firm continually provides the bulk of our DUI defense services to those situated toward the upper end of the spectrum. The truth is, especially when it comes to drunk driving, that anyone can and likely will be arrested for DUI, and the consequences can be just as severe, regardless of who you are.
As a case in point, most everyone is familiar with eighteen-time Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps, the “bad boy” of Olympic swimming. Well People.com reports that Phelps is now facing serious repercussions following his DWI arrest in Maryland last week. Phelps allegedly registered a BAC of .14 after being stopped for numerous traffic violations. Most noteworthy, however, is that USA Swimming has now imposed a six-month suspension and prohibited him from competing in the world championships next August.
While the incident probably will have little impact on Phelps’ reputation or his wallet, it is a fairly significant dent in his career. Like many of our clients have learned, the impact can reach far beyond mere fines. For some, it can affect their ability to obtain a job or professional license. For others it may cost them a job they already have, insurance coverage, and other benefits. So the bottom line is that DUI is an indiscriminate crime that can create serious problems for anyone.