Thomas Gibson plead “no contest” on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 to charges related to a driving under the influence incident. Thomas, who plays Aaron Hotchner on CBS’s Criminal Minds, allegedly drove his car through an area marked off for a nighttime half marathon in Los Angeles on January 6, 2013. When officers told him that the area was barricaded for the half marathon, Gibson supposedly attempted to drive through anyway. Police stopped him and noted that he smelled of alcohol. Gibson then allegedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test and was subsequently arrested around 1:37 in the morning on suspicions of driving under the influence. Some reports suggest that officers had to physically subdue Gibson in order to take him into custody.
Gibson was released on $15,000 bail and appeared in court on Tuesday where he accepted a plea bargain. Because Gibson plead “no contest” to one count of alcohol-related reckless driving, the prosecution dropped his DUI charge. However, Gibson must go to an alcohol education class for a year and pay the court $300. He will also be on probation for 36 months.
It’s interesting to note how this case could have been different if it happened in Virginia. You ARE allowed to refuse roadside sobriety tests in Virginia, but you MUST submit to a breath test at the station, if you’re validly arrested for DWI. If Gibson really refused the main breath test in Virginia, he’d be facing a one-year loss of his license without any possibility of a restricted license.
Also, most Virginia DWI offenses don’t get reduced to reckless driving. There are absolutely defenses to pursue, but that’s the reason it’s important to hire a solid Virginia DWI defense lawyer.
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