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Former Miss USA avoids jail after drunk driving conviction

Even individuals who seem to have everything going right for them may find themselves in legal trouble. That was the case for former Miss USA Rima Fakih.

Late last year, Fakih was charged with drinking and driving. She was pulled over on Dec. 3 after a Highland Park police officer noticed she was speeding and changing lanes without signaling. An open bottle of champagne and a wine bottle were found in her car. After a breath test was administered, her blood alcohol level was found to be 0.19.

In April, Fakih pleaded no contest to the charges. Earlier this month, she was sentenced to six months probation. She must also complete 20 hours of community service and pay $600 in fines and other costs. She is also required to complete alcohol safety and victim impact classes.

Although the former Miss USA will face consequences for her drunk driving arrest, she could have faced even harsher penalties. In some cases, individuals convicted of drunk driving may face time behind bars.

Fakih, the first Arab-American Miss USA, says this experience has humbled her. She plans to complete her probation in Detroit. She also plans to speak to students at a Michigan school to warn them about the dangers of drinking and driving as part of her community service.

Whether you live in Michigan or elsewhere, people make mistakes. However, when those mistakes lead to criminal charges, it is best to rely on an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney will work hard to minimize the effects of a conviction while ensuring an individual's rights are protected.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "Former Miss USA Rima Fakih sentenced to 6 months probation, 20 hours community service," Melanie Scott, May 9, 2012

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