Stephanie Seymour’s DUI Charges Could Be Dropped
In January, supermodel Stephanie Seymour was arrested for drunk driving in Greenwich, Connecticut. She caused not one, but two separate accidents in the same day. In the first one, she tried to back up her SUV on a highway exit ramp and slammed into another car behind her. She then fled the scene, later slamming into a utility pole. Fortunately, there were no injuries in either accident.
Now, the Stamford Superior Court has stated she can have her charges dropped if she meets certain conditions. By this time next year, she must complete outpatient alcohol abuse treatment and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings twice a week. She must also meet twice with victims of drunk driving accidents.
The reason she was able to have her charges potentially dropped is not because of her celebrity status, but because this was her first offense. Connecticut has certain programs for first-time offenders that allow less severe consequences for those who have never been arrested for drunk driving before, and therefore may have just made a one-time mistake by getting behind the wheel.
According to Seymour’s attorney, the results of this case are relatively common. Seymour must pay the court fees and pay for the classes. These classes run for 10 to 15 weeks and also require attending a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Panel. In addition, she and her attorney had to convince the judge to allow her into the program. Requirements for that include never being convicted of a DUI before, and not having used the program in the last 10 years.
Seymour was fortunate Connecticut had this sort of program for her to take part in. Unfortunately, this is not something Georgia — or any other state — has. If you are arrested for a DUI in Atlanta, the consequences could be severe. You may lose your license for at least a year, and you could also be looking at jail time and hefty fines. It doesn’t end there, however. A DUI conviction will follow you for the rest of your life, which could make finding a job more difficult.
The good news is, you don’t have to face a DUI alone. The attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Fortas have decades of experience defending clients who are facing this charge. In fact, Mike Hawkins is one of only four board-certified DUI defense lawyers in the entire state. You can trust us to handle your case well. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in DeKalb County, give us a call today. Your initial consultation is free.