Eighties soap opera and rock star Rick Springfield was arrested and charged on May 2 by sheriff’s deputies in Malibu on suspicion of DUI. Most famous for singing the classic rock tune, “Jessie’s Girl,” Springfield was pulled over in his 1963 Corvette.
According to an LA Times article, he was stopped for erratic driving and asked to take a blood alcohol test (BAC) after officers smelled alcohol on his breath. The 61-year-old celebrity was taken into custody when he failed the preliminary alcohol screening test. Springfield reportedly blew a 0.10% BAC. The legal limit in California and throughout the U.S. is 0.08% BAC. He was later released on $ 5000 bail.
California DUI charges are serious
If you are charged with DUI in Sacramento or anywhere in the state, there two sets of legal consequences created under the California DUI law:
- Your license is immediately suspended by the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) if your BAC exceeds 0.08%. You must request a License Hearing in writing within ten days to retain your license.
- A criminal drunk driving case may be brought against you with harsh penalties if you are convicted, including fines, jail time, community service and license suspension.
Protect your rights. Contact a criminal lawyer in Sacramento
Seek the help of a Sacramento criminal lawyer immediately if charged with a California DUI, even for your first offense. Without quick action, you may lose your license without recourse, unless your charges are dropped or you are found not guilty in the criminal court.