Roderick George Toombs, better known as the WWF’s “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, got hit hard with a charge of driving under the influence in Los Angeles on July 2 in Hollywood. The former archrival of “good guy” Hulk Hogan may face up to half a year of jail as well as significant costs, including an $1,000 fine and court costs, if he’s convicted of the misdemeanor.
In his heyday, Piper was a national celebrity. To date, he has continued to promote professional wrestling performances. He actually jumped into the ring in late April to do battle with other old time legends, such as “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Jimmy “Super Fly” Snuka. Piper typically enters the ring to the tune of bagpipes and often plays off the stereotype of a drunken Scotsman.
The wrestler/actor was released on a $5,000 bail at 8:00 a.m. the morning following his arrest. As of this writing, it is not yet known whether Piper has procured the services of a Los Angeles DUI defense attorney.
Given how severe the punishment for a Los Angeles DUI can be, it’s important to understand what specifically police officers look for when they pull over suspects. Here are some common symptoms of DUI that police note in their arrest reports:
• Nonsense speech or incoherent mumbling
• Bloodshot eyes
• Reckless, wild, or negligent driving
• Inability to balance
• Poor pupil control
• Smell of alcohol on the person
• General fumbling and stumbling
• Disheveled appearance
• Inappropriate reactions to officer’s questions (e.g. giddiness/laughter)
• Incomprehensible or illogical explanation of driving behavior or of the evening’s events
Building a sound, logical defense against your DUI charges may be the key to protecting your good name, avoiding jail time, and minimizing penalties. Southern California DUI defendants trust the Law Offices of Michael Kraut for top tier strategic advice. Attorney Kraut is a former prosecutor – in fact, he worked for nearly a decade and a half as a Deputy District Attorney for LA, during which time he achieved a 99 percent success rate in jury trials. He has also served as a national commentator on news networks like CNN and Fox News. He brings a wealth of experience and credentials to bear, and he has a deeply intuitive understanding of how to help defendants construct the best possible DUI defense arguments.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles or you are under investigation for driving under the influence in Southern California, please contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael Kraut for 24/7 assistance by phone at (323) 464-6453 or toll free at (888) 334-6344 or online.