The 60-year-old DeWitt was arrested after she allegedly drove around a barricade set up for a July 4 fireworks display, parked her car and appearing intoxicated, approached a uniformed police officer on foot. El Segundo police officials said DeWitt failed a field sobriety test, commonly referred to as “FSTs” and she was arrested for driving under the influence.
In the state of California, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol level or BAC of 0.08 percent or higher. Celebrity DUI cases get the most publicity and coverage in the media as it happened in this particular case with Joyce DeWitt. However, every day, thousands are charged with driving under the influence. The consequences and costs of a drunk driving arrest and DUI conviction are severe and could include jail time, loss of license, required alcohol or drug counseling and hefty fines that could run into thousands of dollars.
If you or a loved one has been accused of DUI in Los Angeles County, please contact Sitkoff & Hanrahan to find out more about your legal rights and options. Our drunk driving and criminal defense law firm has successfully challenged breath test results and field sobriety test results on behalf of many of our clients. Our skilled Los Angeles DUI defense lawyers believe that the accuracy of these tests are open for challenge and are often times an improper measure of a person’s level of intoxication. Call us today to discuss your Los Angeles DUI case.