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Country Music Star Arrested on DUI Charges

Lynn Anderson, Grammy and CMA Winner, Arrested on DUI Charges

On Thursday evening, September 11th, country music legend Lynn Anderson was arrested on DUI charges after causing a crash.

Around 9 PM, Nashville police responded to a collision report and found Anderson at the scene. She admitted that she had taken prescription medications and also consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel, so officers conducted a field sobriety test which she failed. She was booked on DUI charges around 12:30 AM, and a few hours later, posted $5,000 bond.

66-year-old Anderson is a country music legend, winning Top Female Vocalist in Country Music in 1967 and 1970, as well as a Grammy for her single “Rose Garden” in 1971. In 1980, she won Artist of the Decade after successfully crossing over into pop music in the 70’s, and was inducted into the American Country Music Association Hall of Fame in 1999. June 15th was named Lynn Anderson Day for her numerous achievements.

However, the country star has had numerous run-ins with the law in the past. In 2004, she was arrested on DUI charges in Texas after officers found her passed out in a vehicle on the shoulder of the highway. In 2005, she was charged with theft for stealing a Harry Potter DVD, as well as felony battery of an officer after she struck her arresting officer in the arm while being led to the police car. In 2006, she rear-ended another car in New Mexico.

She issued the following statement on Friday through her publicist:

“I apologize for the choices I made and subsequent actions on Thursday evening that ultimately resulted in the accident,” she said. “By the grace of God, I am very grateful that no one was injured as a result. I am committed to the accountable steps that I will be facing on the road to recovery and am deeply sorry for anyone that I have harmed along this path.”

Reducing DUI Charges in South Carolina

The consequences of a DUI conviction are severe.  A drunk driving conviction will affect your driving record, obligate you to obtain SR-22 auto insurance, and may cause you to lose your job, harm your career, or lose your professional license.

If you are over 21 and arrested on DUI charges and convicted, your blood alcohol level (BAC) will be used to dictate the severity of your sentence for each type of offense (first DUI offense, second DUI offense, etc.).  Keep in mind that the fines set forth below will more than double when you add in court costs and fees.

However, Breathalyzers can take faulty readings. Sometimes, any alcohol registering in your blood stream will lead to a DUI charge, whether or not you were actually impaired. Opinions regarding the reasons for the inconsistencies involving breathalyzers vary. The thermometers in the breathalyzers have been cited for some of these inconsistencies. A woman in Washington took her 2002 case to the Washington Supreme Court citing the unreliable nature of the Breathalyzers, specifically the thermometer used in the breath test.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with DWI or DUI Charges in South Carolina

If you face DWI or DUI charges, whether it is your first charge, or felony DWI or DUI, you could feel alone and afraid. Just because you drink and drive, especially if you are not the designated driver, does not automatically mean that you are guilty. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm have helped people who face DUI charges since 1996. We offer free, confidential consultations so you can discuss the facts of your case with impunity. Contact us for help today. 803.252.4800



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