Virginia residents may have heard that golfer Tiger Woods had been taken into custody for impaired driving on May 29. He was arrested at about 3 a.m. before being taken to Palm Beach County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance at about 10:50 a.m. that morning. Woods claimed that the DUI was caused by a unexpected reaction to medication he was taking after a recent back surgery.
Authorities say that Woods was taken into custody on Military Trail, which is a six-lane road just south of Indian Creek Parkway. However, a spokesperson for local authorities did not say what led to Woods being taken into custody. There was also no official word as to whether it was drugs or alcohol that led to the DUI. In a statement, Woods said that he understood the severity of his actions and thanked authorities for their professionalism.
Those who are taken into custody for DUI could face a variety of penalties. Among those penalties could be a fine, a license suspension or time spent in jail or prison. Additional charges may be added if a person refuses to take a Breathalyzer test during a traffic stop. Anyone who is charged with impaired driving may wish to talk to an attorney who may be able to create a defense to the charge.
An example of a defense to a drunk driving charge may be that the traffic stop that led to the charge was conducted illegally. It may also be possible to argue that a driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at a traffic stop, but that he or she exhibited symptoms of impairment because of a medical condition. That may create enough doubt to have a case dismissed.