Celebrity DUI charges are often the first to make the headlines. Earlier this month, Randy Travis, the Grammy-award winning country singer was arrested by a Texas state trooper for drunk driving and retaliation. The country star was allegedly drunk driving and crashed his car.
According to police statements, the singer was found lying in the road after the sheriff's responded to an emergency phone call. The 53-year-old singer was lying in the road next to his vehicle which had run into highway construction barriers. Officers responding to the call also indicated that the country singer was not wearing any clothes when they picked him up. He refused blood and breath tests, however, he was taken to a hospital where a blood sample was drawn with a warrant.
Any evidence obtained during a DUI arrest in Seattle, Washington or nationwide should be closely examined. Evidence obtained illegally or in violation of your 4th Amendment rights may be suppressed and cannot be used against you in court.
For those accused of DUI, an independent investigation can be beneficial to minimize penalties and to challenge the underlying charges. Even when evidence strongly favors the prosecution, an experienced attorney can closely review the evidence, including witness statements, breathalyzer evidence, blood test results, as well as police statements and challenge that evidence in court.
The country star has been known for hits including "He Walked on Water." In addition to misdemeanor DUI charges, he also faces retaliation charges, a third-degree felony for threatening the officers at the time of arrest.
Source: Reuters, "Country singer Randy Travis charged with drunk driving," Jim Forsyth, August 8, 2012.