Phoenix Suns wing P.J. Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail as well as 11 days of home detention Monday for a “super extreme” DUI charge dating back to May of this year.
Tucker pleaded guilty to the charges after police revealed he had a blood alcohol level of .22 at the time of his arrest. The blood alcohol level legal limit in Arizona, as well as Florida, is .08.
On top of jail time and home detention, Tucker has agreed to undergo counseling for substance abuse, pay $2,750 in fines, install an ignition interlock device on his car for 18 months and has been placed on probation for up to five years.
If Tucker had been convicted of the “super extreme” DUI charge, he would have faced a minimum of 45 days in jail.
In July, Tucker signed a three-year $16 million contract to stay with the Suns. Suns’ president of basketball operations Lon Babby issued a statement regarding the DUI matter, stating that while the Suns do not condone his behavior or actions, they will continue to support him through this trying time as he works through this. He went on to add that the Suns find his remorse and acceptance of the consequences as sincere.
The Suns were aware of the DUI charge against Tucker at the time of re-signing him.
As mentioned earlier, a conviction for super extreme DUI can result in a minimum of 45 days behind bars. The courts may also decide to install an ignition interlock device, which is essentially a breathalyzer that is installed on the dashboard of a vehicle in order to prevent a motorist from starting the car if intoxicated. If the courts deem this appropriate, the device will be installed and maintained at the expense of the accused.
DUI charges in the state of Florida are prosecuted quite aggressively. If you are facing misdemeanor or felony DUI charges, a Florida DUI Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help. We offer completely free and confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case. These charges need to be handled right away, so do not delay in seeking legal help. Call us today statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529 or contact us online.