Sally Struthers has a date with a judge this September.
The 66-year-old actress was arrested in Maine on a criminal charge of driving under the influence. Her trial date is slated to begin around a year after she was picked up by police.
Although officers believed Sally Struthers was intoxicated at the time of her arrest, she has a somewhat different story to tell. The former All in the Family star pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge.
Jury selection is expected to begin on Septembert 23. According to court documents, Struthers will be required to appear at the trial.
The Sea Coast Online reports that attorney John Scott Webb filed a motion last year to squash to statements the actress made while she was in custody. Webb is interested in getting sobriety tests and other evidence thrown out as well.
Sally Struthers’ legal representative believes that the arresting officers acted without probable cause. He added that her refusal to “submit to a test at the request of the law enforcement officer” was based on bad advice.
“The defendant was induced to refuse to submit to a chemical test based on erroneous information provided by the law enforcement officer,” Webb explained.
Even if Sally Struthers is found guilty of driving under the influence, the penalty for first-time offenders isn’t overly strict. She currently faces a $400 fine and a 90-day suspension of her license. She likely won’t spend any time behind bars.
The actress was arrested shortly after a performance of a musical version of her sitcom Nine to Five at Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. Although the arresting officer insists she was intoxicated at the time, Struthers has denied the allegations several times following the incident.
Struthers might be best known for role in All in the Family, but her credits don’t end there. She also appeared in the television shows Gilmore Girls, Still Standing, and Dinosaurs.
Are you a fan of Sally Struthers? What do you think about the actress’ upcoming DUI trial?