Tiger Woods hasn’t had an easy past few years, and his mistakes and indiscretions have been fodder for prime time news. Despite his best efforts at a comeback, he put himself back in the headlines at the end of May with yet another public embarrassment, this time for a DUI charge. However, criminal defense attorneys are suggesting that Woods did more damage than good when he issued a public statement about the issue says DUI attorney Tampa Catania & Catania.
Around 2 a.m. on Monday, May 29, a Juniper, Florida police officer noticed a Mercedes pulled off to the side of the road with the engine running, brake lights on, and right turn signal blinking. Both tires on the left side of the car were flat, and fresh damage could be seen on the driver’s side. When the police officer took a closer look, Tiger Woods was inside, asleep at the wheel. The police report notes that, once awoken, Woods had slurred speech, didn’t know where he was, couldn’t tie his shoe, and failed a sobriety test. However, his breath test registered at 0.0 for alcohol.
Woods was briefly arrested on suspicion of DUI and released. Shortly after leaving jail, he issued a public statement in an attempt to clarify that he was not driving under the influence of alcohol. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.” According to Woods’ arrest affidavit, he had taken Vicodin and three other drugs that night, including one painkiller not currently approved in the U.S.
According to a number of Tampa criminal defense attorneys, Woods’ own public statement will cause him an uphill battle during his arraignment in July. He directly confirmed his prescription medications caused his DUI, which robs him of other potential defenses. If the prosecutor can combine the knowledge of Woods’ Vicodin use with the proof that he was driving recklessly, the punishments could be more severe. …