Driving under the influence is a serious offense and can carry some serious consequences. Whether you’re famous or not, the charges can seriously impact your life in less than positive ways. Recently a well-known actor was pulled over in New York and charged with DUI. This shows that everyone, no matter who they might be or how famous they are can face repercussions for drinking and driving.
Anthony Mackie, an actor known for his roles in “We Are Marshall,” “8 Mile,” and “The Hurt Locker” was pulled over while he was driving in Harlem. Officers initially pulled him over because of the tint on his windows, but when an officer approached he showed the signs of intoxication and had the odor of alcohol on his breath.
Mackie was given field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was cuffed and taken into custody. When asked to take a breathalyzer test, he refused, which led to an automatic suspension of his driver’s license.
The penalty for DUI will depend on whether it is a first offense or a repeat offense, as well as whether or not a person has run ins with legal system previously. A conviction could mean a lengthy license suspension, community service, probation or even jail time, depending on the issues stated above. But whether it is a first offense or the latest offense, speaking to a legal professional experienced in this area can help a person build a strong case. A legal professional will be in the best position to determine if law enforcement followed proper policy and procedure, from the initial stop to processing at the local precinct. When facing these types of charges, it is not the time to try and do it alone. Having someone on your side could make all the difference in the world.
Source: UPI.com, “‘Hurt Locker’ actor Anthony Mackie arrested on DUI in NYC” No author given, Nov. 10, 2013