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Bam Margera faces charges for DUI

Seattle fans of TV personality and skateboarder Bam Margera might be interested to learn that he was detained on Dec. 7 on charges of DUI. Margera has never faced DUI charges before although he has been open about his struggles with alcohol abuse and finding sobriety. His friend Ryan Dunn died in a drunk driving accident in 2011.

Margera was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers as he drove past them while he was on his phone and they were making another stop. After pulling him over, police reportedly smelled alcohol on his breath.

He took both a field sobriety test and a Breathalyzer test, and afterward, he was taken into custody for driving under the influence. Although his bail was set higher than usual at $15,000, he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

Drunk driving charges can have serious consequences even for a first offense. People convicted of DUI may lose their licenses and face fines and even jail time if there is a prior conviction. Some people's employment may also be jeopardized by a DUI conviction. Therefore, a person facing these charges might want to talk to an attorney about the situation and the options available. For example, a person might want to accept a plea bargain. This means the person would not go to trial but would probably get a lighter sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to lesser charges. A person might also go to trial with a not guilty plea. If a blood or Breathalyzer test was administered incorrectly or some other aspect of evidence gathering was not done correctly, the charges could be dismissed or a person could be found not guilty.

Source: TMZ, "Bam Margera arrested for DUI after close encounter with cops", Jan. 8, 2018

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