Actress Reese Witherspoon says that she is "deeply embarrassed" and had "one drink too many" following her confrontation with police during a drunk driving stop.
Witherspoon's husband, James Toth, was driving in the early hours last Friday when he was apparently stopped for weaving over a double line, reports NPR. When the officer asked Toth to take a field sobriety test, Witherspoon reportedly played her "do you know who I am" card.
Witherspoon got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and allegedly acted in a disrespectful manner to the arresting officer. After asking the officer if he knew who she was -- and being told by the officer that he did not know -- Witherspoon apparently responded, "You're about to find out who I am."
As a result, Witherspoon ended up getting arrested for disorderly conduct. Her husband was also arrested for driving under the influence.
When you (or someone you know) is arrested for a DUI, there are certain acts you should and should not do. For example, there may be some benefits to taking or refusing the field sobriety test, blood alcohol content test, and asserting your rights to police.
However, being rude to police officers and trying to intimidate them with violence, threats, or celebrity status is never a good idea.
As Reese Witherspoon discovered, you can face criminal penalties for other crimes besides a DUI during a drunk driving stop. And you don't even have to be the driver. You can face license suspensions for merely refusing a blood alcohol test and you can face additional criminal penalties simply for being pompous to police. That's why it is important to work with an experienced DUI attorney to help defend your rights.
At Wolff Criminal Defense, we are experienced and recognized attorneys who represent the interests of Washington drivers accused of driving under the influence and other serious alcohol related driving offenses. We regularly appear in all courts in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland or King County District Courts. Do not fight your DUI arrest alone. Contact the attorneys at 425-284-2000 to schedule a consultation.