Kentucky residents may be interested in learning the latest on television talk show host Steve Wilkos. Last month the celebrity was involved in a one-vehicle auto accident that left him injured and taking a break from taping his popular program in Connecticut. He initially stated he was driving without his eyeglasses when he flipped his car but details have now emerged that reveal Wilkos was apparently driving under the influence at the time of the wreck.
Police in Dorian, CT, have charged the host with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) on January 21, 2018, when he crashed into multiple posts and a tree before flipping the vehicle. According to media reports, Wilkos had a blood alcohol level of .29 when blood samples were taken after the accident. Upon receiving lab reports, authorities issued an arrest warrant, and Wilkos turned himself in before being released on $1500 bond.
In his initial statement regarding the incident, Wilkos stated that he lost control of the vehicle because he was reaching for his eyeglasses at the time of the incident. His revised statement blames his drinking on bouts of depression and expresses gratitude for not having caused physical injury to anyone but himself. He also shared that he is participating in a medically supervised treatment program for his depression and alcohol use.
DUI convictions can have serious consequences including jail time, loss of driving privileges, fines, and increased insurance costs. Employment prospects can be affected since DUI convictions appear on background checks and driving records. Authorities must follow strict procedures and guidelines in making traffic stops, conducting sobriety tests, or procuring and maintaining chemical samples used in the prosecution of DUI offenses. Consulting an experienced criminal defense lawyer may provide someone accused of DUI with an overview of potential outcomes and the best strategies for dealing with criminal charges.