Lamar Odom has hired OJ Simpson’s lawyer Robert Shapiro after his recent DUI arrest.
Odom was arrested at 3:54 am Friday morning in San Fernando Valley for “driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.” The former Lakers player was pulled over by California Highway Patrol for driving too slow on the 101 Freeway at 50 mph. Odom initially did not respond to CHP, and drove past three exits before pulling over.
Odom showed obvious signs of intoxication and failed several field sobriety tests. Odom was arrested and booked at a nearby police station, where he refused all chemical tests. He was released on $15,000 bail at 8:33 am. His license was suspended for a year since he refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test.
Shapiro — who represented Simpson along with the late Robert Kardashian — is known for plea bargaining. According to TMZ,Odom will plead no contest to one count of DUI and be sentenced to probation. He will also be required to attend an alcohol education class.
Odom’s mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, has used Robert Shapiro for a number of cases involving the Kardashian family, including son Rob’s recent criminal battery and theft case. Shapiro is also a co-founder, along with Kim Kardashian, of Shoedazzle.com, as well as LegalZoom.com.
Lamar Odom was involved in a car accident less than a week before his DUI arrest. The car crash happened last Sunday, during the 72 hour period that he had “gone missing.” There was no record of the crash because it was never reported to police, but the Los Angeles Times published an article saying that their reporter, Adolfo Flores, was involved in the accident.
According to the Times, Flores’ car was rear-ended by the car that was hit by Odom’s white Mercedes SUV. Flores got out of the car to exchange information with the other drivers, but Odom said the accident “didn’t even look that bad.” After finally obtaining Odom’s information, he said the free agent wouldn’t take it back. When Flores asked if he wanted him to keep it, Odom said, “No, I need it to drive,” before taking it back.