“My Name Is Earl” actress Jaime Pressly, 33, was arrested for drunk driving in Santa Monica. According to an ABC News report, Pressly was booked for DUI after being pulled over for a traffic violation, and was held in jail overnight. It is unclear how police determined she was under the influence or what her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was at the time of her arrest.
In the state of California, a first-time drunk driving conviction could result in up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,600 and a six-month driver’s license suspension. Additionally, convicted first-time offenders are required to complete a Driving Under the Influence Program. Convicted DUI offenders may also be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in their vehicle. Each California DUI offense may result in additional penalties, so whether you are a first-time offender or a repeat offender, it would be in your best interest to fight the charges with an experienced attorney by your side.
A skilled DUI defense lawyer will first determine if a defendant’s rights were violated at any time during the arrest. If the charges cannot be thrown out, a DUI defense attorney will strive to have the charges reduced. Alternative sentencing may also be an option, especially for first-time offenders.
If you or a loved one has been accused of drunk driving in Los Angeles, please contact an experienced Santa Monica DUI defense lawyer at Sitkoff & Hanrahan for a free and comprehensive consultation. Our reputed criminal defense attorneys have a long history of successfully defending those who have been accused of drunk driving in California. Call us today at 1-866-430-8383 to find out how we can help you.