Faith Evans, the 37 year old widow of Notorious B.I.G and a Grammy winning R&B singer, has plead "no contest" to reckless driving in her DUI case. In August, the singer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, but under a deal with Los Angeles prosecutors, the two DUI charges were dropped.
According to TMZ, Faith Evans is now on probation for 3 years and has to pay a $300 fine. In addition to that she must complete an alcohol program that will last for three months and can not drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in her system. Basically she gets inconvenienced a bit, while others in the same shoes must serve jail time, and in some places have to pull trash duty picking up garbage along the highways in the city they were arrested in.
Faith Evans got off easy. If she had been arrested in Hamilton County, Tennessee, and convicted of DUI, the fines would have been between $350 and $1500. She could have faced up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, but generally first time offenders serve between 48 hours and 7 days, depending on their blood alcohol level. She would also have had to pick up litter for three 8 hour shifts, and in some areas have to wear an orange vest that says "I am a drunk driver," on it. In addition, her license would have been suspended for one year, and she would have had to go to a DUI school. (DUI information source)
This just goes to show, having a big name and a good lawyer can keep youÂ out of a lot of trouble. Everyone makes mistakes, but one of the magnitude of a DUI, should carry consequences that are unavoidable. For Faith Evans to be able to plead down to reckless driving is wrong.