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Michael Phelps’ DUI: An Update on the Olympian’s Case

At the beginning of the fall, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence, his second DUI charge in the last decade. His response to the arrest, in some regards, set a good example for those who find themselves in similar situations; he was cooperative with law enforcement, he announced his intention to enter rehab, and he committed himself to preserving his own and others safety on the road. So what has happened in the months since his initial arrest, and is Phelps continuing to show his fans the best approach to a DUI charge? Read on to find out.

Phelps' DUIOlympic Swimmer Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty in His DUI Case

Phelps and his DUI attorney clearly had an understanding of what approach would be best in facing the swimmer’s DUI charges. Before his day in court, Phelps made good on his promise to attend a rehab program, selecting a 45-day treatment center in Arizona. He is also planning on participating in Alcoholics Anonymous and counseling sessions over the next six months in order to help himself make a permanent behavioral change. To the judge presiding over his case, Phelps reportedly said that the rehab program in particular had helped him discover the tools he needs to grow and inspire others not to engage in the same risky actions as he once did.

Phelps’ guilty plea resulted in an 18-month long probation period, the same sentence he was given after his 2004 DUI arrest. How exactly was the Olympian able to avoid jail time? This is most likely due to he and his DUI attorney’s appropriate response to the initial arrest; they were able to work together to show just how committed Phelps is to bettering himself and preventing such lapses in judgment in the future. Even though the circumstances of his arrest did not look good (his blood-alcohol level was recorded at .14 percent and he was described by the arresting officer as “argumentative”), the thoughtful approach Phelps and his lawyer took sets a good example for certain individuals who have been charged with a DUI.

How Should I Approach My DUI Charge?

If you are charged with DUI or driving under the influence, the first and most vital step you must take is retaining an experienced defense attorney who can properly evaluate the available defenses in your case and help your understand the best courses of action to follow. Your attorney will help you decide what is the best path to take, whether that includes going to a rehabilitation program, attending counseling, or any other combination of actions that will show the court your willingness to cooperate and avoid such transgressions in the future. This course of action is developed in tandem with crafting an appropriate defense of the your case.  If you have been charged with a DUI, Bruce Robinson & Associates can skillfully evaluate your case and look for all defenses that are available to you.

Bruce Robinson & Associates is a criminal defense law firm based in Baltimore, Maryland and providing intelligent and aggressive defense throughout the state. If you have been accused of DUI or another crime and need to seek aggressive counsel, Robinson & Associates is here to help. For more information and to schedule your free consultation, give Robinson & Associates a call at 443-524-7395 or visit us at You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


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