The majority of the stories reported on this blog concern the status of Wisconsin drunk driving laws and the arrests of Wisconsin residents for alcohol-related driving offenses. The recent arrest of a Hollywood film actor demonstrates that anyone, from your average Wisconsin resident to a recognized celebrity, can be forced to face the potential consequences of a DUI charge.
Anthony Mackie, a young actor who appeared in the popular film, "The Hurt Locker," was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The arrest happened in the early hours of the morning in one of New York's boroughs.
Details of Mackie's arrest are sparse though the actor's status as a celebrity will have little to do with the potential consequences he will face as he moves through dealing with a drunk driving charge. Like others facing similar charges, Mackie will have to provide details regarding his action on the night the arrest took place and may choose to settle or try his case in court.
It is unknown if Mackie has prior drunk driving arrests or if he has any other alcohol-related offenses on his record. If Mackie has been the subject of alcohol-related arrests in the past, the penalties he may face for this offense could be more severe than if this is his first offense.
Mackie may choose to hire a DUI attorney to help him defend himself when his matter comes up on the court's docket. Attorneys who specialize in alcohol-related driving offenses have the experience and expertise to guide individuals facing serious charges through the judicial process, regardless of their level of fame or notoriety.
Source: CNN Entertainment, "Actor Anthony Mackie arrested in NYC for alleged drunk driving," Carolyn Sung, Nov. 9, 2013