Tiger Woods, undeniably one of golf's greatest players ever, is the latest celebrity to be arrested on suspicion of DUI in Jupiter, FL. He was released from Palm Beach county jail around 11am EST this morning without bond.
Although Woods has had legal troubles somewhat recently surrounding his highly publicized divorce to ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, reports suggest that Woods has no prior history or arrests for DUI.
Last week, Tiger publicly apologized for his actions, and explained, as if it somehow softens the blow to his reputation, that he was not under the influence of alcohol--only powerful pain medications. This stance, echoed in the media coverage, shows the public view that somehow legal narcotic abuse is somehow not as bad as alcohol or illicit drug use; even though it is every bit as illegal (and perhaps even more so) and fatal.
Here is a video of Tiger's field sobriety test and investigation by the Palm Beach County police moments before his arrest:
Florida is well-known for tough DUI laws. If convicted, Woods could face up to 6 months in jail. In Connecticut, under CGS § 14-227a you can face strict penalties as well for a DUI conviction.
What are the penalties if convicted of a first-time DUI in Connecticut?
You could face the following if convicted of first offense DUI in Connecticut:
- 48 hours to 6 months in jail OR 100 hours of community service; probation
- $500-1000 fine; AND
- 1-year license suspension; AND
- Installation of Ignition Interlock Device (IID) 6 months (1 year if under 21 years of age OR refusal) following restoration of license with restricted driving to and from school, work, alcohol education program, or ignition interlock service center; AND
Tiger Woods appears to be on a downward spiral after years of unparalleled success in the sporting world as one of golf's best players of all time. Fans can only hope that Tiger makes a come back and gets any help he needs to get back on top. It would certainly make for a great come back story.
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