Jeffrey Donovan, star of the cable hit TV show “Burn Notice” was arrested in Miami Beach for DUI. He told the cops he felt the effects of the alcohol, combined with Benadryl, an allergy medication that has the side effect of drowsiness, particularly when mixed with alcohol.
Driving DUI is dangerous, mixing drugs with it even more so. Judges in Orange County look harshly upon people who have been arrested in this scenario. An experienced DUI attorney in Orange County, whether in Newport Beach or Westminster or Santa Ana, will look to see the timing of the stop, look to see what drug screens were performed by the crime lab in order to determine if the drugs had any effect on driving performance. Additionally, a person could face separate charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, which carries jail time.
It would be interesting to see if the actor was asked to perform Field Sobriety Tests by the police. Orange County courts will allow testimony about a person’s performance on these tests if administered correctly.
If you have any questions about DUI or DUI drugs, call William Weinberg in Irvine @ 949.474.8008 or in Orange at 714.834.1400.