Rodney King was charged with a DUI stemming from a July arrest. King became a household name after a video of him being brutally beaten by Los Angeles police surfaced. A widely publicized trial ensued, and when the officers were exonerated the LA riots followed.

King was travelling through Moreno Valley on July 12, when a police officer observed him committing “several traffic” violations. After questioning, the officer noticed King exhibiting signs of intoxication. King was asked to submit to field sobriety tests; he wasn’t cooperative with police at the time and was arrested.

King was taken to Moreno Valley Police Department for a test to determine what substance caused his intoxication. After his release, King told CNN that he was under the influence of medical marijuana but had not been drinking. A Riverside County DUI attorney can represent people arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana as well as alcohol.

Riverside County Sheriff spokeswoman, Courtney Donowho said, “His alcohol content exceeded the legal limit and he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.” King, who has a previous DUI charge from 2004, faces up to a year in jail.

Multiple DUI offenders need a highly-skilled DUI attorney to defend the in court. Judges can treat intoxicated drivers very harshly.

The sentences for more than DUI often lead to time in jail and a loss of a driver’s license. To help reduce these penalties, offenders are encouraged to retain an accomplished DUI lawyer.