Rodney King was arrested this week for Driving under the Influence. Police pulled King over after he committed several traffic violations. Upon contacting King, officers observed what they believed were signs of impairment. King submitted to blood testing, and officers reportedly suspect that he was under the influence of marijuana.
King was made famous when he was the victim of a brutal police beating in Los Angeles, which was videotaped by a bystander. The officers responsible for the beating were subsequently tried and acquitted. The acquittal sparked the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, which lasted for six days and resulted in the deaths of 53 people. Thousands more were injured and property damage totaled approximately one billion dollars.
King pled guilty to a previous DUI in 2003. In that case, King sped through an intersection at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. He then crashed, striking a utility pole and a house. Testing subsequently revealed that King had PCP in his system at the time of the offense.
Driving under the Influence is an extremely serious offense. Even a first offense DUI/DWI can result in jail time, substantial fines, burdensome counseling requirements and driver's license suspensions. A second offense has even more severe requirements. A third DUI in seven (7) years can result in a mandatory prison term.
If you or someone you know is accused of DUI Alcohol or DUI Controlled Substance, it is imperative that you contact a Las Vegas DUI Attorney right away. A Las Vegas DUI Lawyer can assist you in analyzing the facts of your case, identifying applicable defenses and providing you with the most aggressive defense strategy possible.