Virginia residents familiar with Bam Margera likely know him best for his leading roles in the hit MTV show ‘Jackass” and its spinoff series ‘Viva La Bam,” but the reality television star made headlines that he may regret on Jan. 8 when he charged with drunk driving in California. Reports indicate that officers with the California Highway Patrol ordered the television star to pull over in Los Angeles County after observing him using a cellphone while behind the wheel at about 8:00 a.m.
Officers say that they were in the process of citing another driver when they noticed Margera using his cellphone. According to media accounts, the officers determined that the actor may have been impaired after detecting the odor of alcohol on the his breath. Margera was taken into custody and charged with drunk driving after allegedly performing poorly during a series of standardized field sobriety tests and providing a breath sample that revealed his blood alcohol level to be .08 percent or higher.
Margera has had problems with alcohol in the past, and his mother told reporters that the actor would be checking into a rehabilitation facility following his brush with the law. The actor was released from custody at about 2:30 on his own recognizance.
Most drunk driving cases are settled by plea agreements, and experienced criminal defense attorneys may point out mitigating factors to prosecutors while these arrangements are being discussed in the hope of securing more lenient treatment for their clients. During plea negotiations, attorneys could argue that seeking help for substance abuse problems indicates that individuals facing DUI charges are remorseful and willing to take responsibility for their actions.
Source: TMZ, “Bam Margera arrested for DUI after close encounter with cops”, Staff report, Jan 8, 2017