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DUI plea from former Miss USA in Michigan

As many in Michigan know, being charged with drunk driving can be a stressful event. The DUI charges can lead to heavy fines and sometimes even jail time if a conviction is obtained. Facing such penalties is something no one hopes to go through.

Although we tend to think otherwise, celebrities are not immune to DUI charges. Pleading no contest to charges of drunk driving, former Miss USA Rima Fakih appeared recently in a Michigan court. By pleading no contest, she did not technically admit guilt, though the court treats the plea as an admission of guilt for sentencing purposes. The court accepted her plea, and she is expected to appear for sentencing on May 9.

The former Miss USA, the first Arab-American winner of the contest, was arrested for DUI in December. Police say she was driving at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic when they stopped her vehicle. Once stopped, police found an open bottle of champagne in the car. Blood tests showed that her blood alcohol level was 0.20 and 0.19 in two tests.

When Michigan residents find themselves facing drunk driving charges, they must consider their right to present a full and complete defense. A thorough review of all available evidence may benefit the accused person. All accused of DUI are innocent until proven guilty, though in this circumstance the beauty queen appears to have decided that her interests were best protected by entering a plea arrangement. Though there was no formal indication as to what her sentence will be, her attorney indicated that it was expected she would receive probation. It's important to know that you have options when facing a DUI charge.

Source: Newser, "Former Miss USA Rima Fakih reaches plea deal in Michigan drunken driving case," Mike Householder, April 11, 2012

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