Scott Weiland, who is is famous to some as the lead singer of the rock group Stone Temple Pilots, was recently sentenced to 192 hours in jail after his second arrest for DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol) in California. According to the police report, Weiland was involved in a one vehicle accident. When the police arrived, they noted that Weiland was showing “signs of impairment” although the police report does not specify what those signs of impairment were. The police report goes on to say that Weiland was given field sobriety tests, which he failed, although the report also does not specify what tests were given and how he failed. Weiland was then taken to jail where he refused the blood or urine tests that were offered by the police.
In Jacksonville, and everywhere else in Florida, Weiland’s DUI conviction (or drunk driving or DWI as the crime is often called) would subject him to, among other penalties, a fine of $500 – $1,000, jail time from 10 days to 9 months, probation of up to one year and a license suspension of 5 years if his second DUI occurred within 5 years of his first DUI conviction. If the second DUI conviction was more than 5 years from his first DUI conviction, the minimum jail time is one day and the license suspension period is 180 days to one year, among other penalties.
Also in Florida, refusing to submit to a blood or urine test as the police report indicates Weiland did subjects the person to an automatic license suspension of one year for a first refusal and 18 months for a second (or more) refusal of a blood or urine test.