April 26, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich


It was reported that recently, Los Angeles Clipper forward Zach Randoph was arrested by the CHP for an alleged violation of driving under the influence in California. There was no report of whether he had submitted to a blood alcohol test.

Zach Randolph was quoted as saying that he hopes “people don’t rush to judgment”. Mr. Randolph is making a correct legal statement. The problem is most people will not wait until his case is litigated and will “presume” he is guilty because he was arrested.

Mr. Randolph is entitled to the same presumption of innocence as every person accused of a crime. We do not know if he had any alcohol to drive at all. We do not know the results of any field sobriety test. We do not know if a blood alcohol result was obtained. Yet, most people will assume because he was arrested he is “probably guilty”.

In our country the law makes clear that the burden is on the prosecution to prove that Mr. Randolph is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Until and unless the prosecution can do that then he is entitled to a verdict of not guilty.

Mr. Randolph would be wise to immediately retain an experienced DUI defense law firm to go to work for him. He needs to demand a DMV hearing within ten days of his arrest or he will forfeit his driving privilege. There are many serious consequences associated with a conviction for a DUI. When you or a loved one is facing a DUI or similar criminal charge seek out Wallin & Klarich to help you. You can learn more about how Wallin & Klarich can help you at www.wklawdui.com or by calling 888.280.6839.

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