Connecticut golf fans might have heard that Tiger Woods has been charged with a DUI in Florida. The incident occurred on May 29 around 3 a.m. in Palm Beach County near the star's home.
Officers with the Jupiter Police Department stopped Woods on a six-lane highway called Military Trail. He was booked into custody at the Palm Beach County Jail at 7:18 a.m. and was released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m. Woods released a statement about the incident in which he stated that it did not involve alcohol. Instead, he said he had a strong reaction to his prescription medications.
Woods said that he takes full responsibility for what happened and that he understands the severity of what he did. He is currently out for the remainder of the golf season while he is recovering from his back fusion surgery that was completed on April 20 in Texas.
People may be charged with DUI offenses if they drive while they are impaired by prescription drugs even if they have not consumed any alcohol. Drugged driving charges are treated just as harshly as are alcohol-related driving offenses. People who are facing such charges might benefit by getting help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The lawyer might analyze what happened and how the evidence against the client was gathered. If there are problems with the stop or testing, the lawyer may file motions challenging the admissibility of the evidence. In some cases, lawyers may win dismissals of the charges against their clients if they are successful at getting the evidence suppressed at motions hearings.
Source: Bloomberg, "Police: Tiger Woods arrested in Florida for DUI," May 29, 2017