Virginia residents may have heard that the daughter of actor David Hasselhoff was taken into custody for drunk driving on May 13. According to authorities, she was driving on Highway 101 when her car came to a full stop at the Fallbrook off-ramp at about 4 a.m. When police arrived at the scene, she was passed out behind the wheel with her foot on the brake.
Police managed to wake her up and take control of the vehicle. She performed poorly on a sobriety test before being taken into custody. After a stop at an area hospital for evaluation, the actor's daughter was taken to jail. There was no information as to whether she was allowed to post bail or if she was still in custody.
Those who are charged with driving under the influence or other impaired driving offenses may be subject to a variety of penalties if found guilty. It may be possible to spend time in jail, pay a fine or have a drivers license temporarily suspended or revoked entirely. A conviction on a drunk or impaired driving charge may also result in a job loss or other negative consequences. Therefore, it may be a good idea to talk with an attorney who may create defenses to the charge.
For instance, it may be possible to argue that a driver was experiencing a medical emergency that mimicked symptoms of alcohol impairment. This may be the reason why a driver was swerving on the road or had slurred speech when talking to an officer. Mechanical problems with a vehicle may also result in swerving or other issues staying in a lane. Finally, an attorney may work to cast doubt on witness or police testimony. If successful, it could result in a plea deal or an acquittal.