Rodney King Arrested for DUI in California

CNN reports, Rodney King, who was beaten in 1991 by Los Angeles police officers after a traffic stop, has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Los Angeles police.

King was stopped in the Moreno Valley, in Southern California’s Riverside County, while driving his 1994 Mitsubishi. Police reports indicate they saw him commit “several traffic violations”. King, who has admitted he has battled with a long-term drinking problem was arrested and booked on DUI charges after further evaluations by the Los Angeles police.

“A preliminary evaluation of the driver indicated he was possibly driving while impaired. The subject was transported to the Moreno Valley Police Department for a further evaluation,” police said.

King is no stranger to the spotlight. He suffered skull fractures, brain and kidney damage after his 1992 beating, an incident which was caught on tape by a pedestrian. The four officers involved in the incident were later indicted but the beating ultimately lead to the 1992 Los Angeles riots after the acquittals and mistrials for the defendants.

The Los Angeles riots occurred mainly in the African American areas of the city, killing over 55 people and injuring 2,000. Estimates of property damage were over $1 billion. King was able to file civil charges against the officers and won over $3.8 million from the city in his civil suit.

King also has a history of criminal charges including a robbery and hit and run accident with his wife. In 2004 he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and reckless driving and last March he was charged with driving without a license in California.

Hiring a DUI Lawyer

It is illegal in every state to operate a motorized vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. Drivers who are arrested for DUI or driving under the influence of alcohol may be charged for DUI and may face severe DUI penalties including: high fines and penalties, increased insurance cost, mandatory alcohol and drug rehabilitation courses, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, probation or jail time.

Many states also have more aggressive DUI penalties for drivers who are arrested with a minor in the car, while committing additional crimes or if their BAC is considered high.

What should you do if you are arrested for DUI? The same thing Rodney King will probably do. Hire a DUI lawyer and fight the charges. A DUI conviction can be devastating personally, professionally and socially.

Contact a DUI lawyer immediately if you are facing a DUI charge. DUI attorneys understand the various state laws and can make sure you get a good DUI defense. Do not try to fight your DUI charges without good legal help from a DUI lawyer.

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Beth L. is a content developer for LeadRival, a cutting edge company that helps connect DUI lawyers with DUI clients. Beth L. writes about a variety of DUI topics to help drivers who have been arrested for DUI, getting them the legal help they need.

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