With the holidays upon us, there has been a greater emphasis on police patrols looking for drunk drivers in Seattle and elsewhere. A person who has been convicted of drunk driving faces significant penalties, and the potential consequences increase if the person has been convicted of multiple drunk driving charges. A famous singer is now facing drunk driving penalties after suspicions of drunk driving, which is the second suspected DUI this year for the singer.
According to reports, singer Bobby Brown has had his driver's license suspended after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. According to police, this is the second time this year that the singer has been stopped for drunk driving. Bobby Brown was charged with drunk driving and other charges in March of this year. In the more recent October incident, Brown is charged with DUI, driving on a restricted license and driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. Because Bobby Brown pleaded not guilty to the first count stemming from this most recent incident, a judge now has revoked his driving privileges. If the singer is convicted of the charges, he faces time in prison.
In Washington, a DUI penalty depends in part on the number of previous offenses. Previous offenses can include drunk driving charges, alcohol or drug-related vehicular homicide and reckless driving. Depending on when these prior offenses occurred, they may or may not be applicable to the pending charges. A gross misdemeanor charge for a DUI could mean jail time, a hefty fine and supervised probation. If a person has been convicted of two prior drunk driving charges within a certain timeframe, the person's vehicle also may be subject to forfeiture.
A person who has been accused of drunk driving faces both short-term and long-term penalties. The accused deserves protection of his or her rights and should seek a meaningful defense that may reduce possible penalties to the greatest degree possible.
Source: ABC 4, "Brown's license suspended," Nov. 16, 2012