John Stamos recently completed his rehab stint for substance abuse, but he now faces up to six months in jail after the Los Angeles District Attorney officially charged him with a DUI misdemeanor on Wednesday.
E! Online reports that Stamos, 52, was arrested in June for DUI after being pulled over in Beverly Hills, near South Monica and Beverly Drive. Stamos was driving alone when pulled over, and his behavior was so bizarre that he was taken to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for observation. Reports indicate that the actor was allegedly driving his vehicle under the influence of drugs
A little over a month after his arrest, Stamos checked into an in-house rehabilitation center to help him with substance abuse. Although the Full House star only spent a month in treatment, he announced that his small stint left him feeling refreshed and grateful.
“I’m back! Took a month to take care of things. Healthy. Feeling grateful for the love & support of family & friends.”
So far, Stamos has remained candid about the incident, indicating that personal problems contributed to his substance abuse.
“I’ve had a rough year with my mom dying, so it all came to a head, and it was a turning point. You either continue on that path—and some of it’s fun, but a lot of it’s not—or there’s this other thing, this golden opportunity sitting there with all this work and all this goodwill that you have going for you. That’s the key. I feel better than I’ve felt in a decade.”
Stamos’ arraignment is on Friday morning, at the Los Angeles County Airport Courthouse, yet since he only faces a misdemeanor charge, he isn’t required to appear. Although the court documents do not indicate which substance Stamos was allegedly using when arrested, previous reports indicate that he was using GHB, also known as “liquid ecstasy.”
If convicted, California law mandates that the maximum penalty for DUI first offenders can be up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, a three- to nine-month drug program approved by the court, and/or driver’s license suspension, which can be converted to a restricted license used for school and work purposes only.
Amid his DUI charge, Stamos is busy with two different projects. The Chicago Tribune reports that not only is Stamos working on Fuller House, a reboot of the popular television show, Full House, but his FOX series, Grandfathered, premiered on September 29.
Fuller House brings back the majority of the original cast members, aside from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the twin actresses who played the adorable Michelle Tanner on the original series. Although numerous rumors indicated that the twins weren’t asked to join the cast on Fuller House, Stamos said in an interview earlier this year that the rumors simply aren’t true, and that the twins are in a different phase of their lives right now and can’t find the time in their schedules for a new show.
“No, that’s not true. There was a lot of stuff in the press that wasn’t true about that. I called them up and asked them to do it. They’re in a different phase in their life. They haven’t acted in a long time, but everything is super sweet with us.”
Neither John Stamos nor any of his representatives have commented yet on his formal DUI charges.
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