Tiger Woods could have a clean record when it comes to his recent DUI charges. His arraignment last Wednesday was canceled right before its scheduled starting time at the request of both his attorney, Douglas Duncan, and the Assistant State Attorney Adrienne Ellis. They would use the postponement to hammer out an agreement that would see Woods enter a DUI offender diversion program for first-time offenders. At the completion of the program, Woods could have a clear record. According to Fox 13, the plan is for Woods to return to court on October 25 to plead guilty to reckless driving, which is a misdemeanor as part of the agreement.
The first-time offender DUI program is a program initiated by the Palm Beach County State’s Attorney’s office. The idea behind it is that first-time offenders will have a chance to have their record expunged should they not re-offend. It involves a 12-month probationary period with special conditions, and the offender will plead guilty to reckless driving. That charge can later be expunged if the offender applies for it and has not broken any of the special conditions.
When he was arrested on Memorial Day, Woods told the police that he was on Vicodin, a powerful painkiller. He’d been taking the drug to help with symptoms from a back surgery he’d had recently. He also had a prescription for Xanax. He agreed to a breathalyzer and was deemed to have no alcohol present in his system. However, video from the police station that night shows him looking drowsy and unfocused.
If Woods, in fact, does enter the program, one of the special conditions is that his car would have to be fitted with an interlock device. With this device installed, the car would only start after he blew into it and showed he had no alcohol on his breath. Because his breathalyzer test on the night in question found no evidence of him being drunk, he may be able to forego this condition. He also gave a urine sample that night, but those results have not been released as of yet. On the terms of his probation, Woods will probably still be able to travel, and may be able to report to his probation officer by mail.
Woods still seems like he wants to make a comeback in professional golf. He has tried several non-surgical treatments for his ailing back, but none were able to fix his pain. The hope is that the surgery will lessen his pain and allow him to compete on the course again sometime soon.
Woods is taking advantage of a program that will help keep his record clean and help him get back on his feet. He wouldn’t have been able to do that without the help of his attorney to speak on his behalf. If you’ve been charged with DUI in Memphis, and want to know about the options to keep your record clean, or to even have the charges dropped altogether, then contact a DUI attorney right away.