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Many of Our Favorite 80s Stars Have Been Arrested for DUIs

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Feb 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 1980s spawned some of the most memorable movies and television shows in American history. Some of the actors involved in 80s-era entertainment also brought to light that celebrities do not always lead charmed lives. Actors can be subjected to the same run-ins with the law that anyone else is. As evidence of this, just like anyone else, a number of our favorite actors from the 1980s have ended up on the wrong side of a DUI arrest, and some of them continue to do so.

John Stamos played Uncle Jesse on the long running sitcom Full House. Just this year, he has returned to TV starring in a comedy sitcom Grandfathered. More recently, it wasn't just his fans who took notice of Stamos, a number of drivers called police in Beverly Hills after reports of erratic driving. Police pulled the car over, and arrested Stamos on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, and he was released to the care of a hospital.

Growing Pains was another classic TV show from the 1980s, with Tracy Gold playing the role of Carol Seaver, the nerdy sister of the family. In 2004, she faced some serious criminal charges after she was arrested for drunk driving. Gold was driving with her husband and three children when she lost control and rolled her SUV. No one was seriously injured, but she faced charges of felony child endangerment, and DUI causing bodily injury.

In the film world, Christian Slater became a rising star of the late 80s, with roles in Gleaming the Cube and the iconic dark comedy Heathers with Winona Ryder. From early on, he has admitted to having a problem with alcohol. Before the decade ended, he had two drunk driving arrests. His second DUI involved a BAC of three times the legal limit, and included an assault charge for kicking a police officer.

Kiefer Sutherland was another popular young movie star of the 1980s, starring in The Lost Boys, Young Guns, and Stand by Me. Unlike some young actors, he has continued to succeed in the entertainment industry. However, his success did not insulate him from California's drinking and driving laws. Since 1989, Sutherland has been arrested four times for driving under the influence. His latest arrest came in 2007 in Los Angeles. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 48 days in jail.

Mickey Rourke is a star known for having a history of substance abuse. The star of a dozen 80s movies from Diner to 9 ½ Weeks, he learned the hard way that riding a scooter doesn't make you less noticeable to police officers on the look-out for drunk drivers. After leaving a Miami nightclub in the early morning hours, he got onto his Vespa, but was quickly pulled over for swerving. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Stars from 1980s TV and movies can be just as likely as anyone else to be arrested for a DUI. However, a DUI arrest does not have to lead to a conviction. At the Gorelick Law Offices, attorney Lynn Gorelick has dedicated her legal career to defending people facing criminal charges in the East Bay. With over 30 years of criminal defense experience, Lynn Gorelick understands what it means to fight for you. Contact the local East Bay criminal defense attorney who will stand up for your rights.

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Lynn Gorelick

Lynn Gorelick has been an attorney for 30 years. She is the Attorney Lynn Gorelick is the President of the California DUI Lawyers Association and a Faculty and Sustaining member of the National College of DUI Defense.

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