Recently, another celebrity was added to the list of DUI arrests this year.
That was Lynn Andersen, a country singer and Grammy winner, who was arrested
on Friday while found to be under the influence of alcohol.
Police officers were alerted to her state when they were called to a vehicle
accident in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday evening where they found
the 66 year old to be alcohol impaired. She was quick to reveal that she
had not only drunk alcohol before the accident but had taken prescription
drugs, too. She was accompanied to the local jail and was later released
on a $5,000 bond.
This is not the only time Andersen has been arrested for DUI, as she was
charged in both 2007 and 2004 for similar offences.
Many people believe that celebrities have no excuse when arrested for drink
or drug related charges as they think they could always hail a taxi to
take them home or on to their next destination. This is typically not
always the case. Football star, Spencer Ware, who used to be a Seattle
Hawk's running back, is another example of a well known personality
who thought he could drive back home safely. He was arrested for DUI on
nd at about 3 am in Kent, Washington.
When a police officer apprehends a driver for erratic driving behavior,
there is no differentiation between those who are celebrities and those
who are not. It's their actions out on the road that cause the police
Once stopped, the police have the powers to conduct sobriety tests, which
include such things as walking in a straight line and drawing one's
finger towards the nose so that the police officer can test eye reaction.
They can also demand roadside breath tests which may indicate if alcohol
is present in the blood, although are sometimes unreliable.
There is acknowledgement by many specialists who have analyzed test results
that they are not always found to be correct. Sobriety tests in themselves
depend on the training and skills of the police officer conducting them.
Additionally, breathalyzer tests and the use of the equipment both depend
on the reliability of the device and the skills of the person who is administering
the test. Prosecutors won't ask questions about these skills, but
defense attorneys will. Many people charged with DUI offences may admit
guilt if they find it easier in the circumstances, not realizing that
this admission may not be justified and can have serious ramifications
for their future. Once convicted of DUI, many potential employers will
shy away from offering a job or promotion to someone with such a conviction.
One of the worst features of a DUI conviction is having one's license
suspended, which can happen in all U.S. states. If a 2
nd or 3
rd DUI offense occurs the person could end up with serving a period in jail.
An experienced DUI defense attorney knows when the police have made an
arrest that is justified and can advise the person arrested what should
be their next course of action. In many cases, a defense attorney can
get a sentence or fine reduced and may in some circumstances get the charge
To speak with an experienced DUI defense attorney call Jackson Hilliard
at (855) DUI-JACK to schedule a consultation.