The son of movie star Nicolas Cage recently pleaded no contest to driving under the influence in California. His 26-year-old son, Weston Cage, reportedly drove with a blood alcohol level of at least .08. The DUI incident took place in February of this year.
During the incident that led to the arrest, Weston reportedly led police on an automobile chase. The chase apparently occurred throughout the San Fernando Valley. Ultimately, his vehicle crashed into a tree as well as another car. He was initially charged with DUI along with hit and run (two counts) after he reportedly tried to flee the scene. His blood alcohol content was said to be .15, or almost two times the legal limit.
After Weston entered his no contest plea, the judge let him decide his sentence. He could choose to do community labor for 30 days or 350 hours' worth of community service. Another option for him was to spend 45 days behind jail bars. In addition, Weston will have to take part in an alcohol program spanning three months, in addition to paying applicable fees and fines. Furthermore, he must comply with his probation terms for a three-year period.
Being arrested for and then convicted of DUI in California can be humiliating and nerve-racking, as it can affect one's reputation and even one's future when it comes to landing certain jobs. However, those charged with DUI have the right to go to trial to fight the charges, or they can seek to negotiate a plea agreement, which -- if available -- may lead to lighter charges and thus more lenient sentences than what would occur following a guilty verdict at trial. An attorney will work to ensure the client's rights are protected during all stages of the criminal proceedings and seek the best possible outcome.
Source: nickiswift.com, "Nicolas Cage's son Weston pleads no contest to DUI", Emily Surpless, Aug. 28, 2017