Let me start by saying I am a huge Detroit Piston’s fan.
I was upset to hear that Detroit Piston Ben Wallace is facing drunken driving and weapons charges after being arrested over the weekend for DUI (drunken driving) in Bloomfield Township. Wallace, 37, of Bloomfield Hills was pulled over about 2:35 a.m. A search of the vehicle allegedly found an unloaded semi-automatic pistol in a backpack in the passenger compartment with a fully loaded magazine, police said. At the police station, Wallace was given a breathalyzer test, which showed he had a breath alcohol count above the .08 level considered intoxicated. The reading was not released by police, which may be a sign that the police are not confident in the result. Maybe the machine was not properly calibrated? Wallace’s lawyers will be looking at this very closely.
Wallace was arraigned Saturday in front of Bloomfield Hills 48th District Court Magistrate Judith Holtz on the OWI charge, a 93-day misdemeanor, and the unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon, a five-year felony. He was released to a family member on $5,000 personal bond.
Although his case has been assigned, allegedly by a blind draw, to District Judge Kimberly Small (known for giving first-time offenders jail time), Wallace is not likely to face time in jail…oddly enough because of the felony charge. Because there is a felony, Wallace’s case is almost certain to end up with an Oakland County Circuit Court judge who is very unlikely to give him any jail time.
I have no idea who will be representing Ben Wallace but that attorney should be able to work something out to keep Wallace’s record clean. Given his past and his outstanding contributions to Michigan and Oakland County, it seems to me the county prosecutor will have plenty of motivation to do the right thing.
Mr. Loren M. Dickstein, Esq.
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