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Ex-Victoria Secret Model Estella Warren checks into Alcohol Rehab

It has been reported this week that ex-Victoria's Secret model and Planet of the Apes actress, Estella Warren, who was arrested for felony escape, DUI and hit and run last month by the Los Angeles City Attorney, has voluntarily entered rehab for addiction treatment. It was also reported that on May 24, after crashing her Prius into three parked cars that she refused a breathalyzer test. Estella Warren has entered an alcohol and drug treatment program voluntarily and has agreed to wear an alcohol-detecting SCRAM anklet, attempting to prove her cooperation. Her DUI lawyer appeared with her in court and won a postponement of her arraignment, which will now be held on July 15, potentially giving her lawyer time to evaluate the DUI charge and potentially reach a plea agreement with prosecutors. Warren will be required to participate in alcohol and drug rehabilitation and wear the SCRAM bracelet as a condition of her bail Her attorney Darren Kavinoky told the Daily News, "She acknowledges that the events on that evening were uncharacteristic, and she really is a person who's full of integrity. Her attitude towards this whole thing is awesome. She is embracing the opportunities that are in this situation." He also stated that the SCRAM bracelet was something that Warren agreed to “voluntarily as a gesture of good faith." This is not the first time that Estella Warren has been in trouble with the law. She was previously convicted of DUI in 2007, and her DUI lawyer Darren Kavinoky concedes that it is likely that his client may spend some time in jail for her most recent DUI offenses.

DUI Penalties

DUI or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious driving offense. It is illegal in every state to drive with a BAC or blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. DUI penalties have been increased in recent years due to increased pressure by lobbying groups such as MADD (Mothers against Drunken Driving). If you have been arrested for DUI you may face severe DUI consequences which can include: drug or alcohol education classes, DUI penalties or fines, increased insurance costs, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, jail time or probation.

Administrative License Suspension

DUI penalties and consequences will not end with criminal charges. If you are stopped for DUI you will be asked to submit to a chemical test of your blood, breath or urine. If you refuse to take the chemical test or you fail the test you may face additional charges from the Department of Motorized Vehicles which generally means your license will be revoked immediately. First time DUI drivers who face an Administrative License Suspension may only have their license suspended for 30-90 days. Other drivers, who have had multiple DUI convictions or who have a high BAC, may lose their drivers license for years. Administrative license suspensions can be challenged, but it must be done within a specified timeframe which is determined by state law. If you have your license suspended through an administrative license suspension, or if you need help defending your DUI charges, contact a DUI lawyer for help. Do not let your future be ruined by a DUI conviction.