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Celebrity DUIs in Phoenix

Celebrities behaving badly are always hot topics in the news, and brushes with the law, particularly celebrity DUIs, receive a lot of media coverage. Although it may be entertaining to see unflattering mug shots of movie stars, musicians, and politicians arrested on DUI charges, it’s important to remember that they have the same legal rights as anyone else, and Arizona residents can often learn about DUI procedures and laws from their cases.

All Arizona residents have the right to a DUI defense lawyer, albeit maybe not as high-profile as some celebrity DUI attorneys. Nevertheless, like celebrities, you should contact a Phoenix DUI attorney if you need legal advice about driving under the influence charges and developing a good defense strategy. You can find a Phoenix DUI attorney by looking through FIndLaw’s directory.

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State Rep. David Burnell Smith knows a thing or two about DUI law. At his day job with the Smith Law Firm in Scottsdale, he specializes in DUI and DWI defense. Now, the state lawmaker reportedly has some hands-on experience with drunken driving under his belt as well.

Smith was pulled over last month after police allegedly spotted him swerving in his car. When officers asked Smith to submit to a field sobriety test, he refused and incoherently tried to claim legislative immunity, The Arizona Republic reports.

Unfortunately for Smith, the state legislature was not in session, so immunity didn't apply.

Earlier in the month, the FBI accused Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne of causing a hit-and-run accident in Phoenix. According to the recently released FBI report, the situation is a whole lot shadier than your everyday hit-and-run.

The FBI report claims that Horne fled the scene of the accident because he didn't want anyone to see him with his employee Carmen Chenal. Why? Because Horne and Chenal were allegedly having an affair, Fox 10 News reports.

Now Horne will not only face possible charges, but the wrath of his wife as well.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has come under fire recently. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has announced that he plans to take civil action against Horne over alleged campaign finance violations.

Now Horne could face criminal charges as well. Phoenix police are currently investigating an alleged hit-and-run crash that Horne was allegedly involved with earlier in the year, ABC 15 reports.

It looks like former Miss Arizona Teen USA Tori Vance won't be doing any time for her DUI arrest. Vance entered into a plea agreement earlier in the month, and prosecutors dropped the DUI charge, TMZ reports.

According to TMZ, 18-year-old Vance was pulled over in May after she made an illegal U-turn in her Mini Cooper while driving in Hollywood. The arresting officer said that Vance showed signs of intoxication.

Arizona Diamondbacks announcer and ex-pro baseball player Mark Grace has taken an "indefinite leave of absence to seek personal assistance" after he was arrested on DUI charges last week, Fox 10 News reports.

This is the second DUI offense in 15 months for the former Diamondbacks and Cubs first baseman. On top of that, Grace was allegedly driving on a suspended license and without a court-ordered ignition interlock device. He's now facing aggravated DUI charges.

Many country singers of yore, like Johnny Cash and Townes Van Zandt, had an outlaw image that seems completely absent from the CMT-centric country world of today. Of course much of that mystique came from the two singers' long struggles with substance abuse.

Country singer Randy Travis had quite a few run-ins with the law while growing up in North Carolina, but in recent years he seemed to have put his troubled past behind him. Over the past decade, Travis has recorded a string of gospel albums. On Wednesday, however, Travis' outlaw side returned with a vengeance. The country star was charged with DWI in Texas after crashing his car and threatening the responding officers, CBS reports.

All while completely naked.

Earlier in the month, Jason Kidd announced that he was signing a three-year deal with the New York Knicks. Unfortunately, Kidd may have celebrated a bit too hard on Sunday.

According to police, Kidd smashed his Escalade into a telephone pole after a night out in the Hamptons. The former Phoenix Suns point guard was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DWI for the incident, NY Daily News reports.

When you’re a rock star, going on a drunken joy ride in a stolen golf cart is just par for the course. On Sunday night, Ted Nugent’s drummer was arrested for doing just that, CBS News reports.

Mick Brown, an Arizona resident, was arrested for allegedly stealing a golf cart after a Ted Nugent show in Bangor, Maine. Now Brown is facing DUI, driving to endanger, theft, and assault charges, authorities say.

Another beauty pageant winner has been charged with DUI. Last weekend, the 2010 Miss Arizona Teen USA was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of DUI, TMZ reports.

According to authorities, 18-year-old Tori Vance was pulled over after she made an illegal U-turn in her Mini Cooper in Hollywood. The Ahwatukee-native has reportedly been living in L.A. pursuing a modeling career.

As a professional golfer, Matthew Giles has probably had his fair share of drives end up in the rough. Earlier in the week, however, Giles allegedly drove right into a house, The Associated Press reports.

On Monday night, the 22-year-old Australian golfer was arrested by Gilbert police on suspicion of drunk driving. Police say, Giles lost control of his car while driving drunk and crashed into a Gilbert home.