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Alcohol ed program gives Steve Wilkos chance to avoid DUI record

Steve Wilkos, host of "The Steve Wilkos Show," that airs in Washington and nationwide, had some interesting stories to tell after he flipped his car in what turned out to be a drunk driving accident in January. At his court hearing, the judge allowed him to enter a diversionary program. If he completes the 15-week alcohol educational course, his DUI charges will be removed from his record.

Initially, Wilkos blamed his wreck on his failure to wear his glasses. He said that he was trying to grab his spectacles when his vehicle struck objects on the roadside and rolled onto its passenger side. The host suffered injuries that forced him to postpone recording episodes of his show.

When DUI criminal charges related to his accident became public, the television host acknowledged that his glasses were not to blame for his crash. He said that his drunk driving represented a lapse in judgment. Wilkos also admitted that he has struggled with alcohol use and recently went through a rehabilitation program. As for his recent sentence, the alcohol education program will require him to meet with a panel of drunk driving accident victims.

An opportunity to enter an alcohol education program could spare a drunk driving offender from serving jail time. The representation of an attorney might allow one to mitigate the consequences of a DUI charge. An attorney could evaluate the client's case to see if a court might consider a diversionary program or plea deal with a light sentence. Such efforts could insulate someone from the long-term harm of a criminal conviction and set the stage for regaining a driver's license.

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