Los Angeles, CA– Former NBA player and coach for the LA Nicks Derek Fisher has been formally charged with DUI in connection with a traffic accident he caused in early June.

Derek Fisher Charged with DUI

On June 4, Fisher was driving his Cadillac in Van Nuys when he lost control, jumped a curve and hit a guardrail. The Cadillac then flipped over and landed on the hood, according to USA Today.

Fisher and his passenger, former “Basketball Wives” star Gloria Gavin, did not sustain any injuries in the crash.

Fisher was arrested on suspicion of DUI immediately following the accident, but he wasn’t formally charged until last week, according to ESPN. His charges include driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.

Penalties for a Drunk Driving Accident in Los Angeles

Fisher was fortunate that he didn’t hurt anyone or he would be facing worse charges and harsher penalties. That’s because driving while impaired is dangerous and responsible for nearly one-third of fatal crashes in the U.S. are caused by drunk drivers. If you make the mistake of drinking and driving and hurt someone, you should hire a DUI attorney in Los Angeles right away. The consequences of an aggravated DUI, are severe and will haunt you for years.

Even a simple DUI has severe consequences and leaves a mark on your criminal record for the next ten years. You face up to four days in jail, your driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days, and you will be required to attend a three-month alcohol treatment program. A judge can also order you to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

Additionally, a DUI conviction will cost you close to $10,000 over time. That includes a maximum fine of $1,000, the cost of an alcohol assessment course, the cost of restoring your driver’s license and civil penalties if you caused an accident.

You can avoid the many consequences discussed above by retaining a DUI lawyer in California. USAttorneys.com can refer you to an attorney who will discuss your charges, the penalties you face for conviction and what defense options you have. The details of your case are important and will determine how you approach your defense. You might have a better outcome if you ask for a plea bargain. Or, taking your case to court will be better. The only person qualified to make that decision is an attorney, so you need to set up a consultation as soon as possible. With legal advice, you can relax knowing someone is protecting your interests.