Kevin Hart Booked on DUI Charges

CC image Wikipedia.orgComedian Kevin Hart was arrested on suspicion of DUI earlier this month after an officer spotted him driving erratically at excessive speeds.

It was no laughing matter for Hart though, as reports have surfaced saying he nearly collided with a gas tanker trunk.  Officers pursued Hart’s vehicle, and they were able to safely get him to pull over.  Deputies said Hart showed “objective signs of intoxication”, and the comedian later failed a field-sobriety test.

Hart was later charged with misdemeanor DUI.  Hart could be assessed any of the following penalties according to state law.

  • Fines up $1,000
  • Up to six months in jail
  • A four-month license suspension
  • Probation time
  • 18-30 month alcohol awareness program
  • Maintain SR-22 insurance (aka high-risk insurance) for three years once license is re-instated.

Hart was later released from police custody, and he fired off a series of tweets that showed a lack of remorse for his actions.  Hart tweeted “I’m officially a thug, I spent 6hrs in jail last night…I got pulled over 3blocks from my house by a d**k head cop.”  He added “This cop was the worst, he knew who I was & wanted to make a example out of me….”

The tweets have since been deleted, but Hart later issued another tweet that seemed to trivialize his time in police custody.

“I did 6,000 push ups & 13,000 sit ups while I was in the pin….shout out to my celly “Mark” we exchanged war stories LMFAO…”

It’s uncertain if Hart came to his senses because of advice his publicist or through backlash on twitter, but he later offered the next two tweets that showed a more mature response to his situation.

Minnesota DWI attorney Avery Appelman said Hart should consider taking a different approach in hopes of securing a favorable outcome.

“DWI cases are challenging to win, and absent an issue that can be litigated, DWI cases rest on what a defendant does prior to the case’s resolution,” said Appelman. “Acceptance of responsibility is only part of the overall process toward favorable resolutions.

Appelman went on to say that proving you can avoid the substance that got you in trouble in the first place is another way to seek leniency from the court.

“We mandate our clients obtain a chemical dependency evaluation and follow those recommendation, such things as an alcohol education class, in/outpatient treatment, aftercare, Victim Impact Panels, or attendance at AA/NA meetings,” said Appelman.  “It is through the initial evaluation that our clients can take some steps to help steer their case toward a great result.”

Related source:  TMZ

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Avery Appelman is a criminal defense lawyer and the founder of Appelman Law Firm. While his practice is primarily recognized for its work with DWI and related offenses, he has 16 years of experience working with clients on drug, assault, theft, traffic, criminal sexual conduct, and prostitution charges.
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