Actor Bam Margera was taken into custody in Los Angles in January 2018 after a traffic stop conducted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Authorities had originally stopped him for driving while on his cell phone. However, after making contact with him, they noticed an odor of alcohol. His poor performance on field sobriety tests resulted in being charged with two counts of DUI.
Margera eventually agreed to a plea deal that comes with three years of probation. This is in addition to fines and other fees that he was ordered to pay, and he also has to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Although it was the first time had been taken into custody for DUI, the actor admitted in the past to having a problem with drinking. However, he reportedly went to rehab, and his mother says that he has embraced being sober.
Individuals who have been pulled over for any reason could face drunk driving charges if there is evidence for it. Those who are charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired could benefit from the services of an attorney. For instance, an attorney may be able to create a defense to the charge such as claiming that police had no right to stop a vehicle in the first place.
If it can be shown that there was no legal basis for stopping a driver, any evidence found during the stop could be suppressed. An attorney may also cast doubt on urine, blood or Breathalyzer test results. Finally, it might be possible to assert that a driver was not under the influence of alcohol and that he or she was experiencing a medical event. If successful, it may provide leverage to receive a plea deal or another favorable outcome in the case.