Torrance, CA- Former Seattle Seahawk Jerramy Stevens is in legal hot water again now that police in Torrance have formally charged him with DUI after a January incident in Manhattan Beach.
Stevens, who is married to Hope Solo, a member of the USA Olympic Soccer team, was arrested in January driving the team van. According to the Daily Breeze, Stevens was pulled over by police just after 1:00 a.m. for driving without his headlights on. After observation, police determined he was intoxicated and placed him under arrest.
Stevens refused to submit to a chemical test or a breath test. His blood was drawn and revealed that he had a blood alcohol content of .15.
Both Stevens and Solo reportedly tried to pull the whole “Do you know who I am?” shtick to get out of the arrest, but that ploy never works with police. TMZ reported that Solo copped an attitude towards police and began recording them while the arrest was going down.
This isn’t Stevens’ first DUI rodeo. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to DUI in Arizona and spent 30 days in jail. He’s also faced charges for domestic violence (those charges were dropped) and felony marijuana possession.
Police charged him with driving under the influence of alcohol within two years of another DUI offense, and driving with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content within 10 years of another DUI offense, both misdemeanors, the Daily Breeze reports.
Solo was suspended from the USA Soccer team over the incident.
According to statistics, approximately 50 percent of people who have been convicted of DUI will repeat their offense–looks like the former pro-baller is just another statistic in this respect. Because repeat DUI offenses are a serious problem, the penalties can be severe so anyone facing their first or subsequent DUI charge will need legal counsel.
In California, a first DUI conviction carries a 4-day to 6-month jail sentence, along with thousands of dollars in fines. The consequences don’t end there; a DUI conviction leaves a person with a criminal record which can impact all aspects of their lives, especially their job. A conviction for DUI can make your life take a turn for the worse.
If you have been charged with a DUI, as soon as you are able, you need to get in touch with a California DUI attorney immediately. They will explain the consequences you face and detail the options you have to deal with your charges. If you want to challenge your case in court, a DUI attorney is up to the task. If you prefer to a plea bargain, your attorney is capable of negotiating on your behalf.
A DUI charge should be viewed as serious as it is. And anyone who is facing this charge whether it is your first, second or third, must have someone on their side, working to negate some of the more dire consequences. Don’t hesitate to call one of our attorneys to work on your defense.