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Odom changes plea for driving under the influence charges

Driving under the influence can be a difficult charge to face alone. When a celebrity is involved, and the charges are splattered across every news and media outlet, it can cause even more distress on the person. Lamar Odom, a professional basketball player, was recently sentenced in California for charges that stemmed from driving under the influence.

Odom was originally charged in August when he was the subject of a traffic stop. According to reports, he appeared intoxicated and was unable to perform field sobriety tests. Upon his arrest, his license was suspended. It will remain suspended, but it has yet to be determined for how long. That is a decision the Department of Motor Vehicles will make at a later date.

Odom initially pleaded not guilty but later changed his plea to no contest. As a result, he received three years of probation, must attend three months of alcohol counseling, and was ordered to pay a fine of $1,814. It was noted that Odom is currently a free agent, but there was no mention of what this could do to his professional status.

Although not every California resident who is facing charges of driving under the influence is a celebrity, most individuals can probably relate to this incident in some fashion. Obviously, Odom felt it was in his best interest to change his plea and accept the consequences that resulted from his no contest plea. Since every situation is handled on an individual basis, a person could benefit from knowing their rights within the state law and understanding the best steps to take in order to protect those rights.

Source: CNN, Lamar Odom gets 3 years' probation for DUI, Alan Duke, Dec. 9, 2013

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