We told you earlier this year that Jerramy Stevens, a former tight end for the Seattle Seahawks and the current husband of women's soccer star Hope Solo, was charged with driving under the influence while with his wife in California. The bad news is that Stevens pled no-contest to DUI and received a jail sentence. The good news is that the Washington resident is no longer incarcerated.
Stevens was given a sentence of 30 days in the Los Angeles County jail. He was reportedly booked last Friday morning - and then walked out of jail on Sunday afternoon. Authorities say that Stevens was released partly for good behavior, although overcrowded conditions at the jail facility may have also played a role.
Stevens was pulled over in January while driving a Team USA Soccer van with the lights off at nighttime. A blood alcohol test revealed that his BAC was at least .15.
Even though his incarceration is behind him, the 35-year old Stevens must still complete a two-year outpatient alcohol treatment program in Washington, and he will remain on probation for four years.
Though admittedly an extreme example, this story proves that being convicted of a DUI does not automatically result in a lengthy stay in jail or prison. In fact, a first DUI conviction in Washington only mandates a 24-hour stay in jail. A minimum fine of about $865 and a minimum license suspension of 90 days also accompanies an initial DUI conviction.
In any case, it's important to hire a qualified DUI defense lawyer to help you navigate through the legal processes associated with this type of criminal charge.