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Michael Phelps’ Second DUI Arrest in Maryland: Is The Olympian Headed to Rehab?

Maryland native and national hero Michael Phelps was arrested last week for driving under the influence of alcohol. This is not the record-breaking Olympian’s first run-in with the law; he had previously been arrested in 2004 on DUI charges, and then in 2009 he was suspended from professional swimming after being photographed smoking marijuana at a party. Reports indicate that his blood alcohol content was at .14 at the time of his arrest, which is nearly twice the legal limit. However, in the aftermath of his arrest, Phelps has made some strong decisions that will no doubt aid his case and set him up for successful, healthy, and legal behavior in the future. Read on to find out what Phelps and his team have done right in response to his DUI arrest.

 Michael Phelps DUIGold Medal Winner Sets Good Example after DUI Arrest

Though his decision to drive under the influence has landed Michael Phelps with his second arrest in ten years, his post-arrest reaction has set a positive example and shown his fans and the public at large that he is willing to take the necessary steps to address this issue. He has thus far been cooperative with law enforcement, and he made the announcement over the weekend that he will be attending an in-patient treatment facility to deal with his alcohol problem. The rehabilitation program, which will last for six weeks, is designed to help Phelps acknowledge the risks that accompany his drunk driving and encourage him not to repeat this mistake in the future. By announcing his intention to go into a rehab program, Phelps has distinguished himself as an individual who will go the extra mile in the face of criminal charges to break reckless habits and contribute towards the safety of himself and of others.

 What To Do When You Are Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

If you find yourself in a similar position as Phelps, having been arrested for driving under the influence, all hope is not lost. As Phelps’ example shows, responding to your charges with maturity and a clear plan can make all the difference. The trial attorneys at Bruce Robinson & Associates can help you defend you case appropriately, from potential rehab programs to preparing an appropriate defense based on the specific facts of your case. When you show up in the courtroom with a supportive, committed attorneys and properly prepared defense, you greatly improve your chances of having a successful outcome.

 Finding a Maryland Attorney for Your DUI or DWI Case

Bruce Robinson & Associates is a criminal defense law firm based in Baltimore, MD. If you have been accused of a DUI or other criminal behavior 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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