David Cassidy Under Probation for Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
In January 2014, former teenage heartthrob and 70’s teen idol David Cassidy was arrested in Los Angeles for driving under the influence (DUI).
Cassidy was stopped by the L.A. police department near the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after making an illegal right turn. The singer was given an breathalyzer test by the cops and it registered a blood alcohol level of 0.19, which is more than twice the legal limit in California.
Cassidy was in the city for a legal deposition related to a lawsuit he filed against Sony Pictures. The singer alleged that Sony Pictures owned merchandise that used Cassidy’s image.
After a stressful deposition, he reportedly “fell off the wagon” and started drinking. Following a stressful questioning, Cassidy fell off the sobriety wagon and relapsed. Jo Ann Geffen, the actor’s manager stated that after their depositions, he had cracked under pressure and suffered a brief relapse, eventually leading to the arrest in January.
Previously, the The 63-year old actor’s manager reported to CNN that he recently completed another stint in rehab and was performing well.
Since this was Cassidy’s third DUI arrest in a four-year period, he is facing possible jail time.
Once the case went before a judge, the actor and signer entered a no-contest plea and was ordered to complete a 90 day rehab stay which began on March 24, 2014. In addition, Cassidy was sentenced to sixty months (five years) of probation and ordered to complete an alcohol recovery program that lasts a total of nine months. At the time of sentencing, Cassidy was already enrolled in an in-patient rehab center, and was awarded a credit of 102 toward his sentence. In addition, the actor was fined heavily, due to the repeat nature of the offense.
Previous DUIs and other charges
In August 2013, the former Partridge Family star was charged with a felony of driving under influence in upstate New York. The former teen star also faced further legal trouble when a charge was reduced to misdemeanor. Eventually, a plea deal was reportedly being settled.
In early 2011, David Cassidy pleaded no contest for a DUI arrest in his home state of Florida. The no contest plea came in after his November 2010 arrest where he reported a 0.14 on the blood alcohol test. Following the previous arrest, Cassidy was stripped of his driving privileges and was suspended for 6 months. He was also put on probation for a year.
Cassidy’s attorney Steven Graff Levine reported after the incident that his client had already spent over 100 days in rehab voluntarily after which, he was awarded a credit for the same period. Cassidy will now work with a sober coach for a few weeks and will transition to an outpatient alcoholism program from April 2014. Cassidy’s recent arrests under DUIs is not the first of its kind with many former child stars in Hollywood facing legal trouble with arrests and rehabilitation for drugs and alcohol on a regular basis.
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