Drunk driving charges happen to the best of us, including two-time Olympic Gold medalist, Abigail (“Abby”) Wambach, who was arrested earlier this month in Portland, Oregon.
Wambach, 35, retired as a soccer player last year. She is considered the highest all-time goal scorer for the national team and is the world record holder for international goals for soccer players. In 2015, Time Magazine included her on their 100 List as one of the most influential people in the world. Despite such success and recognition, she is not immune to impaired decision-making and impaired driving.
USA Today reported that Abby Wambach was stopped by Portland Police on the night of her arrest after she failed to stop at a red light. She was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and asked to perform field sobriety tests. She failed. She was then arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants. She was taken to a police station in downtown Portland where she failed a breath test.
After being released on her own recognizance from police custody, Wambach shared her story on Facebook “taking full responsibility” for her actions. She said that her arrest occurred after having dinner at a friend’s house. A common scenario for many of us–a causal evening out with friends, dinner, and a few drinks. You feel good. You question whether you are drunk or too impaired to drive. You feel fine and want to get home. Judgment impaired, you drive.
Wambach’s lack of judgment is not an uncommon scenario for many defendants charged with DUI. People from all walks of life get arrested for drunk driving. Most do not plan to drive drunk, nor do they intend to break the law or hurt anyone. Case in point, Abby Wambach, who stated in response to her arrest: “I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down.”
Los Angeles criminal attorney Debra S. White is highly experienced in DUI defense. She has successfully represented over 1000 clients charged with drunk driving in Los Angeles, Ventura, and surrounding counties in Southern California. She is rated among the top 2.5% best lawyers in Southern California by Super-Lawyers and is AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the gold standard in attorney ratings, for her professional excellence, legal ability, and ethical standards.