Fifty four-year-old Joe Simpson, father of iconic singer and TV personality Jessica Simpson, was arrested for driving under the influence in Sherman Oaks earlier this month.
The LAPD tagged Joe around 10 P.M. when they saw him driving strangely on Ventura Boulevard. Officers noticed symptoms of Sherman Oaks DUI and decided to take him to the station. Criminal charges have yet to be filed against Simpson, and the 54-year-old does not have any offences on his record. So his prospects for dealing with the situation seem pretty good. After all, it’s not like he got into an injury DUI in Sherman Oaks – which can be prosecuted as a felony per California Vehicle Code Sections 23153(a) and 23153(b). And there were no other complicating factors, such as multiple priors, evading arrest, hit and run, etc.
Nevertheless, even if you get tagged for something as simple as a misdemeanor Sherman Oaks DUI at a routine DUI checkpoint or traffic stop, the consequences for your career, license, insurance rates, and even personal freedom could be drastic.
• You could wind up spending a not insignificant amount of time behind bars;
• You could get your California license suspended;
• Once a conviction is on your record, any crimes you may commit in future can be punished much more harshly.
So Simpson is likely not sweating the fines that he might have to pay: his multi-multimillionaire daughter could probably help him with that. But the crime could influence many other aspects of his life. For instance, if your driver’s license is suspended, your ability to get around L.A. is obviously really limited. Unless you’re wealthy enough to hire a chauffeur to drive you around town every time you want fresh eggs and milk (or whatever), you have a problem.
Likewise, no matter how wealthy you are, the threat of a jail sentence always lurks. No matter how many millions or billions of dollars you have in the bank, you are not immune to Southern California or federal law.
Perhaps you are in a similar situation to Joe’s. Or maybe you’re facing a far more devious and frustrating bind. In either case, you want to find a Sherman Oaks DUI criminal defense attorney who has lot of practical experience and knowledge dealing with your type of case.
More than that… you want to find someone who can help you meet your diverse challenges simultaneously. Attorney Michael Kraut of the Kraut Law Group in Los Angeles and the Valley has ample experience and resources to help you. Mr. Kraut has a special background, which few others in his industry have. He worked as a prosecutor for the city of Los Angeles for 14 years.
This perspective – along with his Harvard Law School education – has helped Mr. Kraut creatively deal with complex, multidimensional cases. It’s why he is recognized by his peers for his excellent service and why he is often called upon to speak about DUI matters on KCLA News and why he has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and beyond. Connect with attorney Kraut today to get a free and fair consultation about how to manage your challenges. (450 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 600, Glendale, California 91203 Phone: (818) 507-9123)
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.