The image is haunting. By now, everyone around the world has seen the infamous mug shot of Tiger Woods after his arrest for suspicion of DUI in Jupiter, FL during Memorial Day weekend. Woods’ face appeared puffy. His eyes were hazy and unfocused. He almost seems completely unrecognizable from the confident image he usually projects. It doesn’t seem long ago when Tiger Woods was on top of the golf world. He was arguably the most successful and dominant athlete of his time. But since 2009, his career and life has been in free fall. A tumultuous divorce, sexual addiction and a dramatic decline in his level of play have dominated the headlines in recent. Although it would appear Woods has hit rock bottom, was he actually drunk?
Is the Media Treating Tiger Woods Fairly?
Shortly after Woods was arrested, nearly every media outlet quickly jumped on the story. Nearly every network from CNN to ESPN, had his mugshot was spattered on everyone’s television screen. However, in many of the first reports alluded to Woods driving drunk. But it appears Woods was not under the influence of alcohol at all. Contrary to popular belief, a person does not have to be drunk to be arrested for DUI. In a statement after his arrest, Woods said alcohol did not play a role in his arrest. Police originally found Woods asleep at the wheel. In a statement to the media, Woods claims it was the result of an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”
Whether a person is celebrity or an average Joe or Jane, there is a stigma to drunk driving that can quickly ruin anyone’s reputation. It can cost a person their driver’s license, their job and even their freedom. Ask any Salt Lake City DUI attorney and one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome is the court of public opinion. The American justice system is not perfect. But it maintains the integrity that every DUI suspect is innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, that is not always the case in real. Many people arrested for DUI in Utah are either suspended from work without pay or even terminated. Even worse, they may be completely innocent of their charges.
A Salt Lake City DUI Attorney Can Help
A DUI arrest can happen to anyone. The scary part is you do not have to consume many drinks to surpass the .05 blood alcohol level in Utah. On any given night, Salt Lake City’s bars and restaurants are filled with people enjoying an evening and drinking with the friends. Chances are a high percentage of these patrons would fail a field sobriety test.
Many people who are arrested for DUI have never been in trouble before. Many do not properly understand their rights. What you don’t know about Utah DUI laws can come back to haunt you later. The best solution is to seek immediate legal representation from a Salt Lake City DUI attorney with a track record protecting the rights of each client and looking out for their best interests. The legal professionals at White & Matern, PLLC are ready to help. Over the years, the firm has successfully represented many men and women accused of DUI. To learn more, contact their law office today and schedule a free initial consultation.