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Sheen Goddess Guilty on DUI Charge

by | May 4, 2011

According to a TMZ report, Bree Olson, porn star and former Charlie Sheen “goddess,” has pleaded guilty to a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.  Olson was arrested for a DUI on February 3rd after allegedly crashing her Lexus, and then blowing a 0.19 Breathalyzer score.  This is more than twice the legal limit.  She originally asserted her rights to a trial, but later decided to accept the government’s offer of one year unsupervised probation in exchange for a guilty plea.  During her probation, Olson must perform community service and stay out of trouble. Any new arrests could result in her being found in violation of her probation.  If a judge finds that she has violated her probation, she can be sentenced to serve time in jail.

If this DUI charge had been filed in Washington, DC, the “legal limit” refers to a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 grams per milliliter of blood or higher. With a score over the legal limit, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) can charge the case as driving while intoxicated (DWI).  Here, the government is not required to prove any actual impairment.  There are three basic types of drunk driving charges in Washington, DC: DWI, driving under the influence (DUI), and operation while impaired (OWI).  If you have been charged with a DUI, your Washington, DC DUI lawyer should be able explain to you the different charges and how they may apply to your case.

As a final point, I would like to discuss the concept of community service.   While many people envision standing on the side of a highway with an orange vest, picking up litter with a pointed stick, if you are sentenced to community service, it can generally be performed at any one of thirty non-profit organizations in DC—none of which necessarily involve trash collection or a highway.