Disney Star Arrested for Driving under the Influence

Former Disney television star, Orlando Brown, has been arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reports that the 25-year-old “That’s So Raven” actor was arrested on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. He is being held on a $26,000 arrest warrant from a previous DUI arrest. The actor was arrested earlier in August of 2011. It is not clear if he was given a blood alcohol test during the most recent incident or what signs of intoxication he exhibited that led to the traffic stop.

There are harsh punishments and consequences in store for drunk driving convictions in Los Angeles, including jail time, lengthy driver’s license suspensions, probation, fines, court fees, insurance rate hikes and alcohol treatment classes. These penalties increase significantly if the DUI is a repeat offense. Punishment and sentencing for a first-time misdemeanor Los Angeles DUI can include:

  • Up to six months in a county jail
  • Informal probation for up to five years
  • Fines between $390 and $1,000
  • A court-approved alcohol or drug education program
  • Driver’s license suspension

The penalties for a second offense are significantly more severe. A second conviction within 10 years can result in a minimum of 96 hours and a maximum of one year in a county jail. Repeat offenders will also have to complete an 18- or 30-month court-approved DUI school and be slapped with a two-year driver’s license suspension that can be converted to a restricted license after one year.

A skilled Los Angeles DUI defense attorney will explore all possible legal options to help you avoid jail time and retain your driver’s license. It may be possible to fight the results of the blood alcohol test, field sobriety tests or to negotiate for reduced penalties or alternative sentencing.

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