There is probably no celebrity out there who fell from grace so fast and hard than 41-year-old golfer Tiger Woods. Once championed as one of the greatest golfers every, it all went downhill in 2009 with the career-crippling infidelity scandal. This lead to billions in losses from shareholders and advertisers pulling out of the Woods brand and a divorce from his wife Erin in August of 2010. America thought that we had seen the last of Tiger, but he is back in the news again for a DUI charge he accumulated in May of 2017.
At around 3 AM Woods was arrested just outside of Jupiter, Florida for driving while under the influence. Police say he was asleep at the wheel when they had found him and was stopping an entire lane of traffic. Besides the sex scandal of 2009 Woods criminal record is clean. Well, besides the blemish in late 2009 when he crashed his Cadillac into a tree and fire hydrant at his residence. Tiger defended his reckless driving this past May by saying that he had an “unexpected reaction” to some prescribed medication he was taking. An arraignment was scheduled on August 9th, but Woods skipped it. His attorney released a not guilty plea, and Tiger has agreed to enroll into a DUI offender first-time program before appearing before a second arraignment on October 25th. If the golfer had pleaded guilty during the first arraignment, he would have had to pay a fine of $250, perform 50 hours of community service and attend numerous classes on DUI prevention. He would also be subject to spontaneous drug and alcohol tests during a short probation-like period, but instead, Woods chose to fight his charges. In an interview with ESPN Tiger said that he hopes to continue golfing again after this situation is resolved. However, he doesn’t know what the future holds for him. He’s been out of the game for a while and recently underwent back surgery so a DUI charge might just be the least of his worries.
It is understandable to feel like one shouldn’t be charged with a DUI if other factors were at play. In Tiger’s case, the effects of his prescription medicine should have been stressed throughout his proceedings more. The DUI attorneys of Flaherty Defense Firm state that the normal punishment for a first-time DUI defense is up to six months in jail. This sentence is a little harsh and of course can be appropriately combated with the right legal help as Tiger is doing.
Whenever a celebrity messes up, they have the unfortunate reality of having even their most minute faults broadcasted of everyone to see. While some of these missteps are serious crimes requiring punishments more often than not a celebrity slips up like every other person. Everyone deserves proper legal representation before the law or else we would all slip through the cracks.