Sports Illustrated model and “Planet of the Apes” actress, Estella Warren was recently arrested for driving under the influence and crashing her Toyota Prius into some parked cars on Harper Avenue south of Melrose near the West Hollywood area. According to The Daily Breeze, she is also accused of fighting with police, slipping off her handcuffs, and running out of a police station. She was released after posting a $100,000 bail. She is facing charges of driving under the influence and battery on a police officer.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs is illegal under California law. According to 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.” The same section also states that it is illegal for anyone to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher.
Whether a DUI case in California involves a celebrity or an average citizen, DUI laws do not change. If you have been arrested for DUI, you must contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 10 days of the arrest to request a hearing or to stop your automatic driver license suspension. If this is your first offense, your license could be automatically suspended for four months. If this is your second offense, you could lose your driving privilege for a year if you fail to contact the DMV.
The law with regard to DUI cases can be complex and confusing. The experienced Los Angeles DUI defense lawyers of Sitkoff & Hanrahan have handled DMV license suspension hearings successfully for many years. Our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys can work with the DMV for you so you can continue to drive. If you or a loved one has been accused of a drunk driving in Los Angeles, please contact our law offices right away at 866-430-8383 to find out how we can help you.