You probably already know by now that DUIs can seriously affect your image and credibility. No one knows more about the notoriety of DUIS than Olympic gold medal swimmer, Michael Phelps.
This might be old news for some of you, but in the past 10 years, Michael Phelps has 2 DUI arrests. DUI attorney, Mark Weingart is blogging from Tempe, AZ to discuss Michael Phelps’s DUI arrests and how he dealt with the infamy.
About a year ago, Michael Phelps was arrested for going 84 in a 45 mph zone. Not only was he speeding, he was crossing double yellow lines. Police reports stated that Phelps’s blood-alcohol content was at .14 percent. As Michael Phelps’s second DUI arrest, the judge sentenced him to a year in jail, but luckily with a good attorney and heartfelt contrition he was able to reduce his sentence to 18 months of probation.
In addition, Phelps’s license was suspended for 90 days, and he lost his right to drink alcohol for the entirety of his probation. Could you imagine being an 18-time gold medalist who has to have his mom drive him to swim practice? Not only did Michael Phelps suffer the shame of his DUIs, but even his sisters, mother, and friends spoke out against Phelps’s bad behavior.
There’s no doubting the remorse that Michael Phelps felt after his second DUI arrest. Immediately after his arrest, Phelps bucked up and submitted a 3-part twitter apology to all of his fans and anyone that he might’ve let down by his actions. This takes grit, especially considering that most famous DUI offenders try and keep their arrests on the down-low.
Phelps then proceeded to enroll in Alcoholics Anonymous to get back on track to living a responsible lifestyle. He looked at his DUI in a positive light, telling the judge he now had the “tools” he needed to “move past” his problems with alcohol.
Outside of the courthouse, he gave a heartfelt expression of repentance saying that he was “happy to be moving forward, and I’ll continue to grow from this. I’ll continue on my path of recovery. The next couple years are going to be very challenging, and I’m very pleased and very happy that I have great support around me.”
Post-arrest, Michael Phelps checked himself into a 45 day inpatient rehab treatment in Arizona. According to NPR, since his in-patient program, Phelps admits that he was able to learn a lot about himself that he never knew and continues to go to weekly AA meetings.
Phelps’s attorney also expressed his belief in Phelps’s apology, stating that he doesn’t think Phelps will have any more run-ins with alcohol or drugs in the future. It has to take some tenacity to fit AA into your schedule while continuing to train for the next Olympic Games.
For some people, DUIs can be the wake-up call they need to start living a responsible life. When you own up to your actions and have an honest act of repentance, you’ll be less likely to suffer from the negative press and harsh DUI sentences. Get into a program, go to rehab, and show the judge that you’re truly sorry and trying to better yourself.
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