On Sept. 2, actor Drake Bell was sentenced to four years of probation and four days in a county jail after entering a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor DUI charge. According to authorities, his vehicle was observed speeding and swerving in Glendale, California, in December 2015. In addition to the jail time and probation, he was warned that he could be charged with murder if he killed anyone while driving under the influence in the future.
He was also ordered to comply with the restrictions placed on his drivers license and to undergo an alcohol treatment program. Bell admitted that he failed to submit to a chemical test, and that he had been convicted of another DUI in San Diego in 2010. He spent a little over a day in jail following his sentencing before being released on the evening of Sept. 3.
Those who have been charged with driving under the influence may face serious consequences if a conviction is obtained. In some cases, it may be possible to spend time in jail or prison if there are aggravating factors. Drivers may also face a license suspension or revocation. Therefore, it may be a good idea to talk to an attorney who may be to help get charges reduced or dropped altogether.
This may be done by arguing that a vehicle was swerving to avoid something in the road or that a driver was not going faster than the posted speed limit. It may also be possible to call into question the validity of a blood or breath test if one is conducted during or after a traffic stop. If successful, a driver may be fully acquitted or have charges reduced.