DUI & Celebrities

August 3, 2016

Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Were Charged For Their Son’s DUI

One of the most popular and talented actors in Hollywood, Tom Hanks, along with his wife Rita Wilson were recently charged for a rear-end collision. However, this is not the most peculiar thing – the most interesting thing is the fact that the actor and his wife were not directly involved in the accident at all. They were charged for their son’s DUI.

The plaintiff himself, Terry Moogan, has filed all the necessary court papers against Tom Hanks and his wife, claiming that they were negligent and in their negligence allowed their son, Chet Hanks, to driver their vehicle. This is despite the fact that they knew that Chet was a known alcohol as well as drug abuser. Hence, the suit is basically indicating that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson knew that their son Chet is a drug user and abuses alcohol, but negligently permitted him to drive their car anyway.

In addition, Moogan claims that he did not only suffer from a whiplash, but also had a brain trauma when he hit the dashboard upon collision. Furthermore, Moogan is also claiming that Chet Hanks was driving under the influence of alcohol, despite the fact that Chet was not formally charged with DUI and the law enforcement officers were not called to the scene in order to file a report.

Chet Hanks Is Now In Trouble With The Law

Chet Hanks is also known as an aspiring rapper Chet Haze. He admitted that he had drug related problems in the past on numerous occasions. In one of his videos posted on Instagram last fall, Chet admits that he was “…doing coke until I couldn’t even snort it up my nose anymore because it was so clogged”. However, later one, he reported that he was in rehab and that things are getting better for him. In addition, not that long ago, he reached his 6 months sobriety mark.

Even though Terry Moogan filed a lawsuit, there a huge chance that it will be simply dismissed and for a number of reasons. First of all, due to the fact that Chet Hanks is 25 years old. Of course, in case Chet would be under 18 years of age, there could be a chance to pursue his parents for negligence.  Parents are responsible for being negligent, in addition, they would be responsible in case their child was driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances. However, the owner of the vehicle will be held responsible for their children’s actions only if they are under 18 or in case they are over 18 years of age, but are still dependents.

Will Prosecution Go Forward With Chet's DUI Charges?

Despite the fact that is it still not entirely certain if Chet Hanks is still dependent or not, the fact that he is an aspiring rapper will also work towards undoing the claim.

Finally, and this is the most important part, the fact that Chet Hanks was not accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and the fact that the law enforcement officers were not called on the scene to document it, is going to work against Moogan in court, making it all the more difficult to pursue his allegations.

The DUI charges are very serious, even it is a misdemeanor DUI and a first-time one. One way or the other, the DUI offender will need to face some genuinely harsh legal penalties. Here is a list of possible punishment for first-time and consequent DUI charges to provide you with a better understanding of how serious these may really be:

First-time DUI:

  • Up to 6 months of jail time depending on severity of the offense
  • Up to $1000 in fines and additional penalties
  • Suspended driver’s license for up to 6 months. In addition, the license may not be restored unless you have proven that you are financially responsible and have also completed the state-approved “driving under the influence” program
  • Depending on the circumstance of the crime, an ignition interlock device may be required for the offender’s vehicle. This device will be installed at the offender’s own expense

Second-time DUI:

  • Up to a year of jail time depending on the severity of the offense
  • Up to $1000 in fines and additional penalties
  • Suspended driver’s license for up to 1 year. In addition, the license may not be restored unless you have proven that you are financially responsible and have also completed the state-approved “driving under the influence” program
  • Depending on the circumstance of the crime, an ignition interlock device may be required for the offender’s vehicle. This device will be installed at the offender’s own expense

Third-time DUI:

  • Up to a year of jail time depending on the severity of the offense
  • Up to $1000 in fines and additional penalties
  • Suspended driver’s license for up to 2 years. In addition, the license may not be restored unless you have proven that you are financially responsible and have also completed the state-approved “driving under the influence” program
  • Depending on the circumstance of the crime, an ignition interlock device may be required for the offender’s vehicle. This device will be installed at the offender’s own expense
  • The state is going to consider the offender “a habitual traffic offender” for three years

Fourth-time DUI:

  • Up to a year of jail time depending on the severity of the offense
  • Up to $1000 in fines and additional penalties
  • Suspended driver’s license for up to 3 years. In addition, the license may not be restored unless you have proven that you are financially responsible and have also completed the state-approved “driving under the influence” program
  • Depending on the circumstance of the crime, an ignition interlock device may be required for the offender’s vehicle. This device will be installed at the offender’s own expense
  • The state is going to consider the offender “a habitual traffic offender” for three years

As you can see, the penalties are very serious and may have a detrimental impact on your life, so it is best to get in touch with a qualified as well as genuinely experienced DUI attorney at the earliest opportunity. You can contact us 24/7 at (877) 870-4087

Sacramento DUI Specialist John Williams, Esq.
Law Offices of Sacramento DUI Specialists

February 24, 2016

Alice Walton’s DUI Case And Controversy Around It

Chances are you know who Alice Walton is. After all, she is one of the richest people in the entire country with estimated worth of 27 billion dollars. Alice is an heiress to Walmart and, just like many other rich people, she, at times, feels that there is nothing improper for her. She was already caught driving while intoxicated back in the 2011.

Alice Walton was arrested in Texas, on the day of her 62nd birthday. She was allegedly speeding and going 71mph in a construction zone, whereas the limit was 55mph. The law enforcement officer used field sobriety tests and determined that Alice was in fact driving under the influence of alcohol. However, she refused to submit herself to breath tests. She was arrested and soon after released on a $1000 bail. Two years followed and recently all charges have been dropped. Why is that? Why did it take so much time for prosecutors to handle the case?

It does not come as a surprise that people like Alice Walton consider themselves as privileged members of the society. They will use all of their wealth and all of their influence to make sure that their reputation will remain intact. Sure enough, Alice probably had an army of professional legal representatives, who were actively working on the case, going through all the available evidence and dealing with the prosecution behind curtains.

One of main reasons why prosecutors could not build a solid case against Alice Walton is the absence of the key witness. That is right – the state trooper, who pulled her over and made her submit herself to field sobriety tests, was in the paid leave. It turns out that he was discharged for misconduct after an internal investigation. Without him and his statement there could be no solid case, since there was no other evidence that would point out at the fact that Walton was driving under the influence of alcohol.

There is yet another shady matter – in most cases, if a person refuses to submit to breath tests, law enforcement officers have a legal right to get a warrant for obligatory test. Nevertheless, no warrant was issued and it makes you wonder why. Most people consider that it is because of Walton’s wealth and influence, which is also the reason why charges were dropped to begin with.

Although the case of Alice Walton is very shady, it is also a great demonstration of what qualified and experienced attorneys can actually achieve, using their skills and expertise. This case was complicated, with many obstacles, but legal representatives managed to get it under control. Still, it is doubtful that the influence Walton’s wealth did not play any role in the case, but we have what we have – yet another DUI case with dropped charges.

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February 17, 2016

Dina Lohan Pleaded Guilty To DUI

As most of us know, Lindsay Lohan is a very troubled celebrity, who has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, rehab and more abuse. Celebrity scandals often involve Lindsay, but it seems that she simply cannot take matters into her own hands and cannot stop using once and for all. Well, in her interviews, Lohan often mentioned that both her father and her mother have a history with illegal substances and rehabilitation and that she grew in such conditions that resulted in some genuinely detrimental effects for her personally.

With that said, not so long ago, Lindsay’s mother – Dina Lohan was pulled over by law enforcement officers, when she was speeding. Instead of going at 55 mph, Dina was going at 77 mph. Furthermore, a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) test was conducted and the result indicated that Dina Lohan’s BAC is 0.20%, while only 0.08% is allowed. Sure enough, she was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol soon enough.

In the end, Dina Lohan pleaded guilty, which is a wise and balanced decision in such a situation – taking responsibility for her actions, actions that may have resulted in a genuine tragedy.

Now, one must never get behind the wheel while being intoxicated. It is not just endangering himself, but also dangerous for other drivers and pedestrians. Still, at times, people simply cannot control their actions, it is like an illness – they simply cannot do anything about it.

At the same time, the legal penalties for DUI are very harsh and could have a detrimental effect on one’s day to day living. First of all, the offender will have to pay expensive fines – up to $10 000 plus court fees and restitution for any kind of damage to one’s property or health. Furthermore, the driver’s license may well be revoked or suspended for a bigger term. Community service (hundreds of hours of unpaid labor) may also be obligatory. Many judges also oblige DUI offenders to attend the special alcohol or drug awareness course and the offenders will have to pay for those from their pockets. Generally, DUI offenders are obliged to acquire the special SR22 insurance that is specifically designed for high risk drivers, including DUI criminals. An ignition interlock device may be installed into one’s vehicle, so it will not start if the device will indicate that one’s BAC is high. Finally, if a person was injured or killed in the DUI accident, the offender may have to spend years in county jail or state prison.

One way or the other, if you or your loved ones were charged with DUI, it does not necessarily make them bad people. As we already mentioned, some people, like Dina Lohan, simply cannot control their addiction. Of course, it is not an excuse, but in order to make things a bit easier for them, it is very important to get in touch with a qualified as well as genuinely experienced Sacramento DUI attorney at the earliest opportunity. That way, you will help them to avoid all the harshest legal consequences and will aid in reintegrating them back into our society. Everyone deserves a second chance and only a skillful as well as qualified lawyer will be able to provide a DUI offender with one.

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