Brawley King Nolte, the son of actor Nick Nolte, was arrested for driving under the influence in Santa Monica, California, according to a recent news report. The 23-year-old Nolte was stopped and arrested by Santa Monica police officers after he reportedly tried to change lanes and collided with another car. He was taken into custody after allegedly failing field sobriety tests and showing signs of intoxication and was booked for DUI and possession of a controlled substance.
Both driving under the influence and possession of illegal drugs are serious crimes in California. California law prohibits drivers from operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “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.”
A common mistake that many DUI arrestees make when they are arrested is that they plead guilty. Many do not know that they may not be “guilty” just because they take a breath or blood test and have an elevated blood alcohol level. Also, even though a person is arrested for drug possession, it does not mean they will be found guilty either.
There are many factors that come into play in both DUI and drug cases. For instance, where field sobriety tests are involved, a skilled DUI defense attorney in Los Angeles can challenge the manner in which they were conducted. As for drug possession, a knowledgeable drug crime defense lawyer can look into whether there was any illegal search or seizure involved and whether the client will qualify for drug diversion, which is usually not granted when someone is arrested for DUI in the same incident.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving or drug possession, please contact an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at Sitkoff & Hanrahan before you make a decision about your plea. Our skilled DUI defense attorneys can advise you about your legal rights and options, and help build a solid defense in your case. We always offer free consultations and case evaluations. Call 866-430-8383 today.