Last week, Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), was arraigned for his DUI charges.
Pelosi’s lawyer, Amanda Bevins, entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of her client.
Pelosi is facing two misdemeanor charges, one for causing injury while driving under the influence and one for causing injury while driving with a blood alcohol level of .08%.
The big question is whether jail time is potentially in Pelosi’s future. But, before we get to that, let’s recall how Pelosi got himself into this situation.
The incident occurred on May 28 a little after 10 p.m. Officers responded to a car crash at the intersection of California’s route 29 and Oakville Cross Road.
When they arrived on the scene, they found Pelosi in his smashed-up Porshe. He hit the driver of a 2014 Jeep causing injury to the individual. Two hours later, it was discovered that Pelosi had a blood alcohol level of .82%, which means it was likely higher at the time of the crash.
On June 23, the district attorney’s office decided to file misdemeanor charges against Pelosi. This decision, according to the office, was largely based on the “extent of the injuries suffered by the victim.”
What exactly the injuries are is not known. But, the worse that they are, the worse trouble Pelosi will be in. For now, though, District Attorney Aimee McLeod is sticking with the misdemeanor charges.
At the moment, the answer is probably no, at least not with the way things are currently looking.
That being said, if Pelosi does end up being convicted, he could be sentenced to up to five years of probation and to a minimum of five days in jail. He could also see various fines and fees, be ordered to take driver classes, and be forced to install an ignition interlock device in his car.
Pelosi’s next court date will be Aug. 23, and the purpose of this appearance will be a settlement conference. Presumably, the two sides will discuss whether such things as the possibility of a plea agreement and the possibility of going to trial.
It’s still not really clear how this is all going to play out. But, for now, Pelosi remains a free man.