Last month Rima Fakih, the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA, pleaded no contest to a December driving while visibly impaired charge in Detroit, Michigan. Fakih faced a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail for the criminal charge. Sentencing in the case took place May 9, 2012. Suprisingly, Fakih avoided jail in the case. Fakih was put on six months of probation, ordered to perform 20 hours of community service, pay $600 in fines and costs, and attend an alcohol safety class.
Police said Fakih was driving 60 mph in a 30 mph zone and weaving in and out of traffic before they pulled her over, and officers found an open bottle of champagne behind the driver’s seat of the car driven by Fakih. One breath test put her blood alcohol content at 0.20 and another put it at 0.19. The legal limit in Michigan is .08.
As many DUI lawyers know, DUI is not an intent or knowledge based crime, there is no mens rea element for DUI. Fakih acknowledged that she understood this by stating, “even though my intentions weren’t to drive drunk, I did put myself and a lot of people in danger.”
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