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Plea deal for Tiger Woods includes DUI school

Washington golf fans should not expect to see Tiger Woods compete again anytime soon. The 41-year-old professional golfer has agreed to a deal with prosecutors that would require his attendance at a diversion program for intoxicated drivers. The plea bargain imposes a conviction for reckless driving, which places a less serious mark on his record than driving under the influence.

At the time of his arrest, police officers noticed his damaged Mercedes-Benz parked haphazardly on the side of a road. Woods was unconscious behind the wheel. His toxicology report identified the painkillers, Vicodin and Dilaudid, along with Ambien and Xanax in his system. Additionally, signs of marijuana use appeared in his samples but not alcohol. He was not in possession of marijuana at the time.

Woods admitted that he was using multiple drugs to relieve pain from his fourth back surgery. He went through a drug treatment program over the summer. Once he begins the diversion program required, he will perform 20 hours of community service, learn about victims of impaired drivers and complete DUI school. He must also pay for court costs and a $250 fine. During his subsequent year on probation, the court plans to give him regular drug tests.

A plea deal after an arrest for drunk driving might be an appropriate action, especially if the defendant is a first-time offender. People who are facing these types of charges might want to meet with a criminal defense attorney to see what other strategies might be available.

Source: Komo News, "Tiger Woods set to enter plea bargain for DUI arrest", Terry Spencer, Oct. 24, 2017

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