Below is a list of some high profile people who have received DUI’s in the past. Keep in mind, that over time, the laws have become harsher. The recent tried in punishment is less tolerance and stiffer penalties for DUI / OVI offenders.
George W. Bush, September 4, 1976, who ultimately became President of the United States was arrested by Maine police for driving under the influence of alcohol. Bush was stopped on Labor Day weekend near his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush plead guilty to the misdemeanor DUI charge, paid a fine of $150, and had his driving privileges suspended in the state of Maine.
Jerry Buss, owner of the L.A. Lakers, pleaded no contest to DUI on September 4, 2007. Upon conviction, the NBA suspended him for two games and fined him $25,000 for his conviction DUI. His court sentence is unavailable.
Jerry Buss was arrested a second time in May of 2007 in Carlsbad, CA., and pleaded no contest to his DUI arrest. He was placed on five years’ DUI probation and fined $1,900.00.He was ordered to participate in a DUI first-conviction program and attend a DUI educational program administered by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Dick Cheney, better known as former Vice President of the United States. Cheney’s first DUI conviction came in November 1962 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Cheney was arrested for “operating motor vehicle while intoxicated.” Cheney was found guilty of the DUI charge and ordered to pay a $150 fine and a 30-day suspension of his driver’s license.
Cheney was arrested again in July 1963 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He received a $100 fine.
Thus, DUI’s and OVI’s do NOT discriminate. The best way to avoid a charge is total abstinence. If you find yourself facing an OVI / DUI charge, make sure you hire an experienced Columbus DUI attorney to best assess the case and to develop a theory of litigation to defend the charges.