Famous chef and television personality Cat Cora has struck a plea deal with prosecutors after driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. According to a news report in TMZ, Food Network star Cat Cora has struck a deal after being arrested on June 17, 2012 in Santa Barbara. Officials say she admitted to drinking three beers before blowing a .19 on a Breathalyzer, which is more than twice the legal limit in California. Cora’s deal allows her to avoid jail time. By pleading “no contest” she accepted three years of probation, nine months of DUI School, and $2,386 in fines. She also accepted a 120 day suspended jail sentence, but she will not have to spend a day behind bars as long as she fulfills her DUI school and probation obligations.
Individuals who have been drinking are more apt to make a poor judgment regarding whether it is safe to drive or not. In California, drivers are over the limit when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 percent or higher. Everyone is different, but it typically takes between three and five drinks for a driver to be considered over the legal limit. Drivers who have had between five and eight drinks will likely have a BAC of .1, and drinking more than ten drinks could result in a BAC that is twice the legal limit.
Individuals who have been pulled over for drinking and driving should immediately contact an experienced DUI defense attorney. A skilled lawyer will review the circumstances of the case and help the driver avoid jail time.
The reputed Santa Barbara DUI defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan fight for the best interests of our clients. We provide confidential and free case evaluations at (866) 430-8383 on all drunk driving cases in southern California.