A criminal conviction record can make your entry to the beautiful and peaceful country of Canada a great challenge. A driving under influence conviction is one of the most common barriers that might hinder you to cross the border to Canada. According to the country’s immigration and refugee Protection Act, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and the trafficking or possession of controlled substances and drugs may render a visitor or applicant criminally inadmissible.
Unfortunately, many celebrities who might by one reason or another need to enter into Canada for either work or pleasure end up being charged with driving under influence or drugs possession. Below is a list of famous people started by a leading immigration law firm in Canada, who have been caught breaking this law.
On September 7th, 2006, this Hollywood star hit the headlines for bad reasons. Paris Hilton was apprehended for allegedly being drunk while behind the wheels of her Mercedes in the streets of Hollywood.
Paparazzi recorded the entire episode. The arrest of this television personality was also captured by numerous photographers and in so much detail. It all began when two Los Angeles motorcycle officers on patrol at around 12:30 am spotted her Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren moving recklessly.
This action saw her charged with two misdemeanors – driving with a blood alcohol level of at least 0.08% and driving under the influence. Paris Hilton pleaded nolo contender or no contest to the charges which meant that she neither affirmed nor denied her guilt. This plea gained her a three-year probation, and she was charged a penalty of $1,500, and she was also supposed to go to a comprehensive alcohol education program.
In December 27th, 2007, this former MLB player popularly known for his post season stunts was charged with driving under influence and manslaughter after a car crash that he was allegedly involved in killed a mother of two. Jim allegedly ignored a red light at around 3:30 am after a night celebrating his 44th birthday with buddies.
Leyritz was reported to have had red and glassy eyes, had poor body coordination and performed poorly in the field sobriety tests. He allegedly refused to have a blood test taken, but the authorities managed to obtain a sample of his blood somehow.
According to the state of Florida, he was supposed to serve a possible sentence of 15 years. Fortunately for him, in 2010, the jurors cleared him of the DUI manslaughter charges, and he was left to face a maximum of 6 months in jail. Jim Leyritz was subsequently fined $500 and sentenced to one year’s probation, and his insurance company, later on, settled the lawsuit for the accident and paid $350,000 to the victim’s driver family.
In September 2007, this former heavyweight champion pleaded guilty to charges of driving under the influence and drug possession. He admitted to the judge that he was impaired and was in possession of cocaine when he was stopped for erratic driving in Scottsdale on December 29th, 2006.
The arresting officers said that they stopped the boxer after he had spent the night at the Pussycat Lounge in Scottsdale. An officer noted that he witnessed Tyson wiping what looked like a white substance from the dashboard of his vehicle when he was stopped, and that Tyson’s speech was slurred. The authorities also said that they found cocaine bags in his pocket and car.
Tyson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI count and a cocaine possession felony count and was faced with up to four years and three months incarceration. However, in November 2007, he was convicted of these charges and was sentenced to twenty-four hours in jail, three years probation and 360 hours of community service. This lenient conviction came after Tyson’s efforts of seeking assistance with his drug problem.
On September 25th, 2007, television series 24 star Kiefer Sutherland aka Jack Bauer was arrested for driving under the influence after allegedly making an illegal U-turn in Los Angeles. The actor reportedly tested positive for alcohol in amounts that exceeded the California legal driving limit which is set at 0.08%. He was released after posting a cash bail of $25,000.
On his arrest, Mr. Sutherland was still on his probation for a driving under the influence conviction in 2004 which meant mandatory jail time for him. On October 9th, 2007, he managed to strike a deal that will have him jailed for 48 days – 30 days for the new charges and 18 days for violating probation.
This was his fourth DUI arrest since 1989.
The former basketball superstar Jason Kidd crashed his car into a telephone pole on July 25th, 2012. This incident happened in Water Mill. He was returning from a charity event before the fateful crash. The Olympic medalist and the ten time NBA all star reeked of alcohol, had glassy and bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on his feet; this was according to the defense attorney Ed Burke Jr.
According to the police records, Kidd refused a Breathalyzer test together with a chemical test that was to be done at the Southampton Hospital.
Witnesses said that he sat at the crash site for 45 minutes prior to the arrival of police officers. This unfortunate accident happened just four days after he had signed a three-year deal with the New York Knicks.
Kidd later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge and was placed on a one-year interim probation.
Apart from these, many other popular personalities have been charged with driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. Others include Ray Liotta, Lindsay Lohan, Nasir Jones aka Nas, Jenna Jameson, Mel Gibson Paris Hilton and many more
The people mentioned here are personalities that many people and especially the young look up to. It is, therefore, discouraging and disappointing for them and their fans when they end up being arrested for such charges. These celebrities need to know that they are role models and kids look up to them.
It is, therefore, prudent for such public figures to behave appropriately.
By enforcing such strict laws, Canada as a state is doing its citizens a favor since by condoning such behaviors they are at risk of putting the lives of the general public at risk.