The Los Angeles DUI Law Blog

Updates: LA Councilman's Son is Charged; Archbishop Pleads Guilty

We’ve got two updates on cases that we’ve previously covered. Back in late August, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was arrested at a DUI checkpoint after consuming wine with family. He immediately confessed and apologized at a press conference, which left him with little to no defense.

It turned out to make little difference - he agreed to the same plea bargain most first time offenders agree to: three years probation and no jail time, reports Fox 5 San Diego. For truly mild cases, where the blood-alcohol content was at or near the legal limit, a wet reckless plea bargain might have been an option, but Cordilleone seems to have pled guilty to the full DUI charge, as the lesser plea only carries two years of probation.

In a second case, the son of Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, Justin Wesson, who works in his father's office, was arrested fifteen minutes after a DUI checkpoint started on suspicion of driving under the influence. Today, word leaked that the younger Wesson's blood alcohol content was reportedly 0.15, which is nearly twice the legal limit, reports Opposing Views.

He has been charged with driving while impaired and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or more. The two charges are alternates, as one cannot be convicted twice for the same crime. The former is driving under the influence of anything that impairs one's driving, including alcohol. The latter is a strictly by-the-numbers charge.

His high BAC might impact the D.A.'s willingness to agree to a favorable plea bargain, such as the wet reckless. We'd guess that a deal will be reached, as the vast majority of DUI cases don't go to trial. If convicted at trial, he faces an additional sentencing enhancement for a high BAC as well, so there's extra motivation to strike a deal.

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