I’m sure George is more than a little pissed off at the moment. However, I think it’s about time he got real. This time, he might be in pretty serious trouble.
The first thing to say is – I hope he has a good lawyer. The charges George faces this time around provide for the option of giving him a lengthy (multiple year) jail sentence if they feel he is a danger to society. So, what’s the likelihood of that? Well, I think the big problem for George is this: whichever way you look at it, it’s pretty damn obvious he has learned less than nothing from his recent previous conviction. In fact, this time it appears his behavior has been even worse. First because of the addition of illegal drugs to the mix, and second because this time he mounted the pavement and crashed into a building. He could easily have killed someone. Honestly, no-one goes off the road and crashes into a building unless they are completely out of control of their vehicle.
Without knowing all the facts, and assuming he’s guilty as charged, I suspect a suspended three year jail sentence might be the right answer here. In other words, he doesn’t go to jail now, but if he ever does anything like this again (possession of illegal drugs, driving while unfit), he will go to jail for a few years. If that doesn’t persuade him to sort himself out, then he will deserve everything that’s coming to him.
A conviction like this would likely cause consequences to his career – for example, he may not be able to work in the US again. However, he should probably have thought of that before he stuffed illegal drugs in his pocket and went out in the car when he wasn’t capable of driving. I can’t see that he has much wriggle room this time. It’s going to be no good whining about it all being due to the after-effects of prescription drugs this time when he had illegal drugs on him.
One things pretty much for sure – he ain’t gonna be driving again for a long time, if ever. The chances of him being found not guilty seem rather slim to me.