Skateboarder and TV personality Bam Margera was taken into custody in California on Jan. 7 on DUI charges. Reportedly, officers with the California Highway Patrol were detaining another motorist when Margera drove by them.
Margera was using his cellphone right before police had pulled him over. When Margera spoke to the officers, the smell of alcohol on his breath was allegedly strong.
In response, officers performed a field sobriety test. They also gave him a Breathalyzer test, which led to charging him with a DUI. Set at $15,000, his bail was about $10,000 higher than is usual in such cases. However, police released him on his own recognizance at around 2:30 p.m. later that day. Although Margera has spoken openly about his struggles with alcohol abuse and finding sobriety, he has never before been detained on DUI charges. In 2011, a good friend of his, fellow “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, died while driving drunk.
Drunk driving charges can have serious consequences. A conviction could lead to losing a driver’s license, jail time or fines. It could also affect some career paths. A person who is arrested for DUI might want to talk to an attorney about the options available. An offender could agree to a plea bargain, which would involve pleading guilty instead of going to trial and facing stiffer penalties. The person will usually receive a lighter sentence. In addition, the lawyer could challenge the validity of field sobriety and breath tests. Breathalyzers can sometimes produce false positives if they are not administered or calibrated properly.