Los Angeles, CA- Teenagers aren’t known for making wise decisions and in the moment they often fail to realize how their actions will affect their future. Bella Hadid, daughter of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Yolanda Foster probably wasn’t thinking of the consequences when she drove drunk late Tuesday night.
According to the TMZ, the 17 year-old model, was arrested for driving under the influence on the Pacific Coast Highway early Tuesday morning. The teen allegedly blew through a stop sign around 4 a.m. and nearly struck a LA patrol car.
Law enforcement officers told the gossip gurus there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from Hadid’s vehicle. A breath test revealed that her blood alcohol content was .14, twice the legal limit in California. But the state has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drivers, so driving with any amount of alcohol i their system is illegal.
TMZ reported that Hadid’s stepfather, music producer David Foster, picked her up from the police station not long after her arrest.
Not only was Hadid driving drunk, but she also had a suspended driver’s license. That will add to her legal problems, but Hadid comes from a wealthy family so she’ll be able to afford an excellent DUI attorney and possibly have some of the penalties reduced.
Some of those penalties include 4 days to 6 months in jail, fines upwards ranging from $1,400 to $2,600, and license suspension of ten to 30 days or longer depending on the circumstances of their arrest.
California, like most states, have adopted a zero tolerance policy for underage drivers because a disproportionately large number of teens cause drunk driving accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, teens aged 16 to 19 are three times more likely to cause a fatal accident than older more experienced drivers. When you add alcohol to the mix, the likelihood of being involved in a serious accident increases.
Driving under the influence is charge that needs to be taken seriously, and anyone facing this charge needs expert legal advice, regardless of their age. What many people fail to realize about DUIs is that much more is at stake than a temporary loss of their driver’s license or a few days in jail. Many aspects of a person’s life, from their finances to future job prospects, will be affected if they are convicted of a DUI.
A person’s wallet will take a big hit if they are convicted of driving under the influence. When all is said and done, a DUI costs a person and average of $10,000. Those costs include the penalties and fines, legal fees, fees for DUI school, restoration of their driver’s license and skyrocketing insurance rates.
Some of those expenses can be avoided when a person enlists the help of a DUI attorney such as Anthony R. Gualano, ESQ. With a solid defense, a DUI conviction can be prevented or at least give a person the leverage they need to secure reduced penalties or a plea bargain.