Florida residents who follow the NBA may have heard about Derek Fisher’s recent legal trouble. He was charged with two counts of DUI stemming from a motor vehicle accident that took place in California in early June 2017. The accident occurred while Fisher was driving his 2015 Cadillac on Route 101 in the Sherman Oaks portion of Los Angeles.
The vehicle veered onto the right shoulder of the highway and hit a guardrail. The vehicle then landed on its hood, but neither Fisher nor his passenger were injured in the accident. He was formally charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol as well as driving with a blood alcohol content of more than .08 percent.
If an individual is charged with drunk driving, that person may face a variety of consequences. In some cases, it may be possible to serve jail time in addition to paying a fine and having a drivers license suspended or revoked. If there is an aggravating factor involved, a person may spend several months or years in prison. It is also possible for a judge to impose a sentence of community service or probation in addition to or in lieu of jail time or other penalties.
An attorney may be able to help an individual obtain an acquittal or a plea deal in a drunk driving case. This may be done by asserting that a driver was not above the legal alcohol limit at the time of an accident. It may also be possible to argue that a driver’s vehicle experienced a mechanical issue that caused a crash to occur. If successful, a driver may avoid some or all legal penalties related to the charge. In some cases, charges may be dropped before trial.