The New York Post reports that Chris Klein, the star of “American Pie,” has been arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles. The 31-year-old actor was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles County. The officer reportedly administered a field sobriety test, also known as FST’s, which Klein failed.
DUI or driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher is illegal in California. California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states: “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” According to CHP’s statistics, there were 258 deaths and 4,832 injuries involving alcohol-related crashes in Los Angeles County in the year 2008.
In Los Angeles or Orange County, the penalties for a first-time DUI offense can be significant. If you have been arrested for DUI and are convicted, in addition to jail time, alcohol counseling and fines, you may also be required to install an ignition interlock device; which tests your breath for traces of alcohol before you are able to start the car. Having this IID alcohol testing device in your vehicle also involves a monthly fee.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a DUI in Southern California, please contact the Los Angeles and Orange County DUI defense attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan. Call 866-430-8383 for a free and confidential consultation of your case. A DUI can cause much turmoil in your family and work life. Call us today to find out how our skilled and aggressive DUI lawyers can help defend your drunk driving charges.