A professional skateboarder in California, Bam Margera, was recently arrested for drunk driving. His DUI arrest took place at about 8 a.m. on a Sunday. The skateboarder, age 38, has apparently been upfront in the media regarding his fight with alcoholism.
Authorities said they spotted Margera on a cellular phone. When they approached him, they reportedly noticed indicators that he was possibly intoxicated. Therefore, they conducted field sobriety testing.
Following the tests, police arrested Margera for DUI. A bail of $15,000 was set for him, and he ended up being released from jail at a little past 2:30 p.m. that same day. His mother said that he was planning to go through rehabilitation in the Los Angeles area. This was his first arrest for DUI.
Those who are arrested for DUI in California may understandably be frightened about how the arrest will impact their lives. For instance, they may face jail time and fines if convicted, and landing certain jobs may become a challenge for them in the future. However, they have the right to proceed to trial to fight their drunk driving charges.
At trial, the prosecution must prove every element of a drunk driving charge beyond a reasonable doubt. This standard exists in an effort to keep innocent people from being convicted and sentenced for crimes they did not commit. Instead of going to trial, a defendant may decide to seek to negotiate a plea deal, which may lead to lighter charges and subsequently a more lenient sentence than what would be rendered following a guilty verdict at trial.
Source: people.com, "Bam Margera: Jackass Star Arrested on DUI Charges", Aurelie Corinthios, Jan. 8, 2018