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3 Things You Can Learn From The Most Recent Arrest Of Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods: a professional golfer who is often in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. Most recently, he found himself getting a lot of media attention for allegedly sleeping behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs. According to the police affidavit, there was no alcohol in Woods' system, but he was charged with a DUI. The affidavit also stated that his vehicle was running at the time that police found him and had suffered various damages, including flat tires. Some would argue that a DUI isn't a legitimate charge since he wasn't actually driving; however, it is possible to receive this type of criminal charge even when you are not actually driving a vehicle. Here are three things that you can learn from his arrest:

1. You Can Get a DUI When You're Not Physically Driving a Vehicle.

You can be cited for a DUI by a police officer if you are simply inside or even around your vehicle. The key can be in or out of the ignition and the engine can be running or not. Therefore, in some jurisdictions, you can be sleeping off your bad choices from earlier in the night and still be charged with a DUI.

2. It Is Possible to Receive a DUI and Not Be Drunk.

Drunk driving laws, for most states, have some type of stipulation for drugged driving. Besides, when it comes down to it, alcohol is considered a drug, and DUI is specifically short for Driving Under the Influence. If you are driving under the influence of prescription drugs that have been prescribed to you and no one was injured and/or property was damaged, you may be able to get out of your charges or have them reduced.

3. You Can Refuse a Field Sobriety Test.

Under the law, you have the right to refuse a field sobriety test. However, if you do this, the officer could arrest you if he or she believes that there is probable cause to take you in. Usually, there won't be any legal consequences, though. However, if you were to refuse a breathalyzer or even a blood test, then there could be legal consequences involved, including license suspension, fines and jail time.

If you have recently been charged with a DUI, it is very important that you consult with a DUI lawyer or criminal defense attorney in your area as soon as possible to find out what your options are moving forward. Depending on the evidence and facts of the case, it may be possible to have the charges dropped altogether or get the charged reduced.