It appears that Tiger Woods will not have a Florida DUI on his record. According to an article on CBS news, the prosecutor assigned to the case is going to amend the charge to a reckless driving. If Woods completes a DUI diversion program, the charge will be dropped. Police reports from the case show that alcohol was not involved in the arrest, but prescription medications were.
Some people believe that DUI’s only involve alcohol, but the standard in Florida is whether or not the driver is impaired by ANY substance. With prescriptions growing for controlled substance medications, such as Xanax and Oxycontin, police look for indicators of impairment beyond the “smell of alcohol”. Even though a pill is prescribed to you, that does not mean you can safely operate a vehicle while taking it.
The DUI diversion program that Woods’ intends to participate in is not in place in every jurisdiction. A diversion program is a program a defendant participates in and after completion, the charge is completely dropped. The DUI diversion program in Palm Beach County demands that Woods pay a fine and court costs, complete DUI school level one, perform fifty hours of community service and complete the Victim Impact Panel put on by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. According to the article, Palm Beach started this program about four years ago.