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May 3, 2019
The Real Housewives of New York City star Luann de Lesseps received a plea deal after drunkenly assaulting a Florida police officer and repeatedly threatening to kill him on December 23, 2017.
In exchange for prosecutors dropping the felony charge of resisting an officer with violence, the former Countess was required to follow the guidelines of her probation, which included not drinking and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
For the second time this year, her New York probation officer has filed documents stating Luann is not taking her probation seriously, and recently failed a test for alcohol consumption.
In a Compact Action Request form sent to authorities in Florida from the state of New York, it reveals that Luann tested positive for alcohol on April 22. Luann admitted that “she had 2 glasses of mimosas after a performance [of her burlesque show] in Chicago.”
After she failed her test, the 53-year-old reality star was “offered the opportunity to immediately enroll in outpatient treatment,” but Luann insisted that her current touring schedule would interfere with her treatment participation.
Luann was also “given the option to be fitted with alcohol ankle monitoring device,” but she said the device would be too “intrusive” while performing.
The conflicts between Luann’s work and travel requirements and her probation stipulations are what motivated the state of New York to inquire what Florida would like them to do about the situation.
The Florida Department of Corrections responded by summarizing the situation before presenting the following conclusion:
This is the second notification of other state violation that has been submitted. The subject has failed to provide sufficient documentation of completed AA meetings which she was ordered to complete 2 AA meetings per week. At the time of this writing [April 24], only 5 have been received. It appears to affiant that the subject is not serious about her sobriety or the orders of this Court. As stated on previous notification, the subject has used her unlimited travel as a reason to be noncompliant with her conditions of supervision.
The judge has decided that further action is required. His recent instructions were to “provide Affidavit and violation report, schedule VOP (Notice to Appear) hearing, and instruct offender to return to Florida for hearing.”
Qualifying for probation means the system is giving you a second chance. Breaking the conditions of your probation is a serious matter that could result in grave consequences. Any hearings you attend will not be the same as a criminal trial, because in the eyes of the law you have already admitted guilt, so you will be treated as such. This is why you need the help of a Florida DUI Probation Violation Attorney at Whittel & Melton. We will do everything in our power to keep you out of jail.
Probation is an alternative sentence structure to incarceration after you have been found guilty of a crime. To successfully complete the program you must adhere to the guidelines put in place by the sentencing court or the parole board. If you violate any conditions of your probation, you could be looking at jail time.
If you have been accused of violating the terms of your probation, you need to seek legal help as soon as possible. Your freedom is on the line. If you would like to speak with our Florida DUI Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton, call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation.