October 1, 2014
Michael Phelps was arrested for driving while under the influence early Tuesday morning, according to police. Phelps was also was charged with excessive speed and crossing double lane lines. helps was cooperative throughout the process, police said. He was later released.
“Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines,” Phelps said in a statement. “I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”
“He served 18 months of probation, so I assume the charge was dismissed at that point so he doesn’t have any conviction on his record, ” said David Gray, a professor at the Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland. “Under the statute, this would be (viewed as) a first offense.”
The penalties associated with a DUI (first offense) are up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. So while the prior arrest would likely not enhance the maximum penalty, it could come into play during sentencing.
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