Saturday, January 3, 2009

Heather Locklear has pleaded no contest to a lesser offense to avoid DUI charges

California DUI criminal defense lawyers and California DUI criminal defense attorneys are told Heather Locklear has pleaded no contest to a lesser offense to avoid DUI charges stemming from a September arrest.

The former (and future?) Melrose Place star pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in a Santa Barbara, Calif., court Friday, according to The Associated Press. Locklear's attorney entered the plea on her behalf, as she did not appear in court.

As part of the deal, Locklear was sentenced to three years of informal probation, was fined $700, and must attend a 12-hour driver's education program.

Locklear was arrested after a California Highway Patrol officer noticed Locklear's car parked on a highway and blocking a lane of traffic in Montecito, a town near Santa Barbara. Toxicology tests showed no signs of alcohol or illegal narcotics, but Locklear was charged with misdemeanor DUI based on the impairment caused by prescription drugs. Locklear had sought treatment for anxiety and depression in June.

California Criminal Defense Attorney Rick Mueller recently spoke at the California Attorneys For Criminal Justice annual DUI seminar in Rancho Mirage, California: http://www.cacj.org/Events/forms/DUI%20Brochure%20Final.pdf . The California criminal defense lawyers who attended indicated to the President of the California DUI Lawyers Association that San Diego California DUI criminal defense lawyer Rick Mueller's presentation and materials were excellent. Rick has been asked to speak again - at the California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA) DUI seminar.

Specially recognized as a Contributor to the California Drunk Driving Law book, he is now the San Diego DUI Editorial Consultant for the most comprehensive reference book for California DUI law. Known as California's bible for DUI defense, authored by Ed Kuwatch, Paul Burglin and Barry Simons, the book features some of San Diego DUI attorney Rick Mueller's hard work.



San Diego drunk driving lawyer Rick Mueller is a Specialist Member of the California DUI Attorneys Association (formerly the Association of California Deuce Defenders). He is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Rick's DMV - DUI work is also featured in the Association of California Deuce Defenders' materials. Since 1983, DUI Lawyer Rick Mueller has actively defended these cases.

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