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Tiger Woods blames DUI arrest on prescription medicine

Although Tiger Woods has not competed since the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in early 2017, Seattle golf fans saw him hit the headlines again when law enforcement authorities in Florida arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. Woods released a public statement concerning the incident. He said that a mix of prescription medications caused his apparent intoxication.

The drug reaction surprised Woods, who insisted that he had not been drinking. He expressed his willingness to take responsibility for his actions and apologized to his fans, friends and relatives. He explained that he had cooperated completely with law enforcement and praised the local agencies for their professionalism.

Law enforcement has not yet made public the full details of his traffic stop, except that the arrest of the 41-year-old athlete took place on a six-lane road called Military Trail. Woods has not offered a public explanation of what he was doing out at 3 a.m. at the time of his arrest. He is known to be recovering from back surgery done in April, which he said has provided substantial relief of his pain that has kept him out of competition.

A drunk driving arrest, even for a celebrity, can trigger legal consequences like fines, jail time and loss of license. Someone who wants support when dealing with the criminal justice system after a DUI charge could consult an attorney. An attorney might check the validity of the sobriety test results and ask for charges to be dismissed if it was not administered correctly. An attorney could also communicate with a prosecutor about a plea deal for a reduced charge or assist with the process of reinstating a license.

Source: Bloomberg, "Police: Tiger Woods Arrested in Florida for DUI", May 29, 2017

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