Olympic medalist Michael Phelps has been arrested for DUI in Maryland, the second such charge in the past ten years, according to reports. Phelps rode to fame as the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 22 Olympic medals for various swimming competitions.
Police say that Phelps, 29, was stopped at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore going 84 miles per hour in a 45 mile-per-hour zone. Officers pulled him over just past a toll plaza and charged him with DUI and excessive speed. He has subsequently been released on bail.
Phelps was also charged with DUI in Maryland in 2004 near a beach resort. The swimmer generated controversy as well when he was filmed allegedly smoking marijuana at a party after he became famous as an Olympic swimmer.
DUI—State Similarities and Differences
While all states have slightly different DUI laws, there are many similarities among the various regulations. For example, all states now recognize .08 percent blood alcohol content as the legal limit at which a per se DUI charge can be made. This does not mean that someone cannot be charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs without this reading; however, it is the limit at which all states recognize that a prosecutor does not have to offer further proof of intoxication in order to secure a conviction.
There are differences between the various states and how they handle DUI charges, as well. For example, in Arizona, a person can be charged with Extreme DUI when his or her blood alcohol level is more than .15 percent and with Super Extreme DUI when his or her blood alcohol level is more than .20 percent. This charge does not exist in many other states, although some states have enacted similar laws to grade DUIs based on blood alcohol content.
What Should I Do If I Am Charged With DUI?
If you are charged with DUI, you are facing serious consequences. You may be required to serve jail time, pay hefty fines and lose your driver’s license for a period of time. Additionally, a conviction may show up on your record for many years, causing your insurance rates to skyrocket and even costing you the opportunity for certain jobs.
Contact Alex Lane in Phoenix for help battling your DUI charges. Alex Lane can help you deal with these serious criminal charges in the best possible way. Call today for an appointment.