Michael Phelps is one of the most decorated Olympic athletes of all time, and he's training for the summer games that are going to be held in Rio. During that process, he recently completed his probation for a DUI he got back in 2014.
According to reports, Phelps was in Baltimore at the time of his arrest, and he was driving away from the Horseshoe Casino. This was in September of 2014. The police saw him go over a yellow double line in a tunnel, and he was also speeding. They pulled him over. When given a breath test, Phelps blew a .14 percent for Blood Alcohol Concentration. The limit in Maryland, as with all other states, is .08.
Phelps had been convicted of a DUI once in the past. When his case went to court, he pleaded guilty. He was given a sentence for just one year, but that was suspended and he was given probation for 18 months instead.
There was also an impact to his swimming career. He wasn't able to compete for six months, as he was suspended by USA Swimming. However, that time period is also up and he can go to the Olympics. He's 30 years old now, but so it's hard to know if he'll swim as well as he did when he was younger -- especially with that time off -- but he has won 18 gold medals.
As this case shows, there are sometimes options outside of the original sentence, even when you plead guilty. It's good to know what all of these are when charged with a DUI and heading to court.
Source: ESPN, "Michael Phelps, training for Olympics, completes DUI probation," June 21, 2016