Retired NBA Star Dennis Rodman Arrested for DUI

Around 11 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, former NBA player Dennis Rodman was arrested for driving under the influence in Newport Beach. Authorities initially pulled Rodman over for a traffic violation near West Coast Highway at 11:11 p.m.

He cooperated with authorities during the arrest. Rodman spent the night in jail after failing field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test. He was released from custody at about 6:15 a.m. the following morning of January 14.

Rodman was on probation during the time of his arrest. He has been on three-year probation since July 2016, when he was arrested for causing a car accident in Orange County and leaving the scene without exchanging information. He originally faced a minimum of two years in prison, but ended up with a three-year probation and misdemeanor charges.

Paul Meyer, Rodman’s attorney, said in a statement, “Dennis is taking this seriously, and will take positive steps to address his personal issues. He appreciates the professionalism of the Newport Beach Police Department.”

Rodman lives in Newport Beach. He retired from the NBA in 2000 after a successful career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, and other franchises.

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Bam Margera Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Bam Margera, the former pro skateboarder and former Jackass star, was arrested this past weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence, and no, it was not a stunt.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the 38-year-old was arrested around 8 a.m. on Sunday, January 11th. CHP officers noticed Margera on his cell phone while driving which prompted interaction with him.

Once approached, “[the officers] noticed signs of possible intoxication and conducted standard field sobriety tests,” said Juan Galvan, a public information officer with the CHP’s Southern Division. “He was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.”

Margera’s bail was set at $15,000 and he was released later in the day. Following the arrest, he checked himself into rehab.

Although this is Margera’s first DUI arrest, he has been open about his struggles with alcohol.

“He feels a lot better,” said April Margera, Bam’s mother. “He had a bad night. He’s embarrassed by it. He’s mad at himself for being stupid. Now he just wants to pick up the pieces and move forward for himself and for his family.”

Margera’s good friend and Jackass co-star Ryan Dunn died on June 20, 2011, when he crashed his Porsche into a tree after leaving a bar with a production assistant to the Jackass sequel movie. It was later determined that Dunn, who had been driving, had a blood alcohol content of 0.196 percent; over twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Having the restraint to avoid drinking and driving is more difficult for some than others, especially if someone struggles with the disease of alcoholism. While no one disagrees that driving drunk is bad, sometimes it’s easier to judge than it is to empathize with someone suffering from alcoholism when they’ve been caught drunk driving.

“Don’t be so quick to judge other people.” April Margera added. “Everybody has a different story and everybody is going through different things. It’s not an instant fix. He’s been seeing therapists. There are going to be hiccups when you’re battling addiction. You’re not going to be 100 percent successful the first time. He’s getting a handle and the upside of this thing. He’s learning as he goes.”

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The Controversial California PSA on DUI Drugs

Beginning January 1, 2018, marijuana was legalized in the state of California. Although it has only been a little more than a week, the Office of Traffic and Safety is facing a big challenge already. The office’s first PSA ad has been taken down amid controversy.

The message of the office’s first PSA video was “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze,” and advised adults to avoid driving high on marijuana. The ad was rescinded due to backlash, with its critics saying that the ad actually promoted drug use in the first half of the video. Rob Stutzman, a conservative political consultant, stated, “Imagine [the] same [ad] extolling the virtues of alcohol? This is absurd.”

The Director of the Office of Traffic and Safety, Rhonda Craft, released a statement regarding the controversy: “The Office of Traffic Safety is committed to informing people about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We are cognizant and share the concerns expressed over certain elements of our most recent ads. As a result, we will continue to refine and improve messaging as we move forward.”

Until new ads are designed, the office will be using a Driving Under the Influence of Drugs ad created originally for their 2017 campaign. It looks like the Office of Traffic and Safety has a learning curve to manage when it comes to recreational marijuana legalization—just like the rest of our government’s institutions.

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Lawrence Taylor Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Lawrence Taylor! Here at the Law Offices of Taylor & Taylor, we are pleased to announce that he has been selected as a recipient of the official 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Taylor was chosen for this prestigious award from Marquis Who’s Who because of his dedication and hard work in his profession.

Marquis has been publishing its renowned “Who’s Who” biographical volumes — including “Who’s Who in American Law” — annually since 1899. Marquis highlights today’s leaders and high achievers from all parts of the globe, and from every major industry. Marquis is a highly respected publisher that has acknowledged Mr. Taylor in their past annual volumes since 1989.

Known as the “Dean of DUI Attorneys,” Mr. Taylor has been recognized with numerous other awards as well, such as “Southern California Super Lawyer,” “Bar Register Preeminent Lawyer,” and the National College for DUI Defense’s “Richard Erwin Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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Country Singer Michael Ray Arrested

On Wednesday, December 21, at about 3:30AM, country singer Michael Ray was arrested for a DUI after a crash at a McDonald’s in Eustis, Florida. Michael Ray, best known for his 2015 country hit, “Kiss You in the Morning,” crashed his 2012 Jeep into the car in front of him at a McDonald’s drive-thru. Police, responding to the crash, observed Ray’s slurred speech and bloodshot eyes and administered field sobriety tests. When conducting a search, law enforcement discovered a bottle of cannabis oil in Ray’s pocket.

According to the arrest report, Ray told police that his foot slipped off the pedal of his car, causing the collision.

The 29-year-old was arrested on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. Ray is being held on a $6,000 bond.

Ray released a statement via his publicist, stating: “I want to apologize to my fans, family, and my hometown community for placing myself in this situation. I am so very sorry for the disappointment these events have caused everyone. I know it will take time; however, I will do everything I can to rebuild your trust.”

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