Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes has found herself in legal trouble again. She had previous run-ins with the law for hit-and-run and DUI. Recently, she was charged with another DUI after a California officer reportedly observed her run a red light.
According to reports, Amanda Bynes ran a red light and then came to a stop in the middle of the road. The officer who observed this suspected that she was under the influence and conducted a field sobriety test in which she failed. She was taken to the police station where she was given a drug evaluation, and she was observed to be unable to successfully finish hand-eye coordination tests. Last February, she was able to escape jail time in a previous DUI case.
In her first DUI case in 2012, she struck a police vehicle while she was under the influence. Bynes' mother stated that now she is making progress. She has apparently started taking classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. No other information about this case has been reported.
In spite of Amanda Bynes' previous arrests, she still has the right to a fair trial for her new pending DUI charge. Regardless of her celebrity status, she could face serious consequences, including jail time and other setbacks in her acting career if convicted. Nevertheless, California prosecutors will need to prove that Amanda was driving under the influence at the time of her arrest. Even more so, she has the right to the presumption of innocence until proved guilty.
Source: NY Daily News, "Amanda Bynes arrested for DUI; starlet in more legal trouble for suspicion of driving under influence of drugs", Nancy Dillon, Sept. 29, 2014