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Michael Phelps hit with 2nd DUI in 10 years

As many California residents have heard by now, Olympic swimming hero Michael Phelps was arrested on the suspicion of driving under the influence recently. The arrest marks the second time in ten years that the most decorated Olympian of all time has been arrested for driving under the influence. His first offense came back when he was 19 years old.

In addition to the drunk driving charges, Phelps was accused of speeding and crossing the double center line. The police said he was cooperative but did not release details about his blood alcohol content. Instead, police said he failed a Breathalyzer test and few other details were released.

Phelps' arrest is a high-profile case, shedding light on the drunk driving topic for the entire nation. Though the charges against Phelps could lead to jail time, the likelihood that he actually goes to jail is remote.

Many people who face charges stemming from a drinking and driving incident can avoid jail time. This isn't just a case where a celebrity is "let off easy." If you are facing drunk driving charges and you have a clean history, a case can be made so that you avoid jail time. You could even be given "light" penalties relative to what some might expect a person accused of DUI to receive.

In order to make this case successful, you need to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. Even if the specifics of your DUI arrest were straightforward and simple, you need legal representation to ensure your rights are being protected and upheld.

Source: Baltimore Sun, "Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for drunken driving a second time," Justin Fenton and Childs Walker, Sept. 30, 2014

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