On August 19, 2011, actress Estella Warren plead nolo to her May 2011 DUI charge. Warren, best known for co-starring with Mark Wahlberg in the 2001 remake of the Planet of the Apes, was charged in California in May for hit and run, attacking a police officer, and fleeing or escaping from a police officer. While the charge was pending the actress was required to wear a SCRAM ankle bracelet which detects alcohol consumption.
Late last week Warren entered her plea to just the count, with the other counts being dismissed as part of a negotiated plea bargain Warren's lawyer made with prosecutors. Her sentence included 5 years of probation and 4 months of treatment in a residential rehabilitation facility as an alternative to jail.
In Fulton County Georgia (as well as throughout the greater Atlanta area), a DUI is a serious charge. Even a first arrest carries with it hefty fines, probation, a Georgia drivers license suspension and even jail time. Like in Warren's case, if there are additional aggravating offenses such as hit and run, fleeing and alluding, and obstruction of a law enforcement officer, the misdemeanor Atlanta DUI charge may be elevated to a high and aggravated charge or even to a felony charge.
If you are facing an DUI charge, call experienced Fulton County attorney Richard Lawson. Mr. Lawson and his associate attorneys have years of experience getting their clients the best possible outcomes in their cases. Call our lawyers today for a free case consultation.