Odom’s Legal Woes

It has been a rough month for basketball star and husband of Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom.  Early last week, media reports revealed that Odom has been battling a drug addiction; which drug he is addicted to still remains unknown to the public.  However, rumors surrounding Odom’s drug use have linked him to many different drugs including crack cocaine and prescription pills.  Now it has come to light that he has been seeking the help of a criminal defense lawyer.

After these rumors surfaced about the player, news broke that he had been arrested for DUI in Los Angeles.  He allegedly did not respond to the officer’s attempt to pull him over, driving an additional three exits before coming to a stop.  According to Odom’s arrest report from the DUI, he showed “objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated.”  Officers were under the impression, based on Odom’s appearance and actions, that he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  Odom also refused the chemical test for drugs or alcohol which resulted in his license being suspended for one year.

This is not the first of any troubles surrounding Odom:  he violated the leagues drug policy twice within one year.  Odom is also no stranger to the drug world since his father was addicted to heroin.  Odom has even been quoted stating that he wonders if he fights his father’s demons.  Late last month, news broke that Odom had a clandestine meeting with drug counselors who work with the NBA.

Following the DUI arrest, Odom hired high-profile criminal defense lawyer, Robert Shapiro to work on his case.  Shapiro worked on the defense team in the OJ Simpson trial.  Shapiro was hired by Odom due to the advice of his mother-in-law.  Shapiro’s son overdosed on drugs in 2005, so Shapiro is familiar with the issues that drug addiction entails.  Shapiro will not only defend Odom in his DUI case, but hopefully be a strong voice and shoulder to lean on as he moves forward with overcoming his addiction.  Some reports claim that Shapiro said he would not take the case unless Odom agreed to treatment.

After all this commotion, media outlets are reporting that Odom has now willingly checked into a rehab facility.  According to sources close to the couple, Odom’s reality television-star wife, Khloe Kardashian, has been as supportive as possible while her husband deals with the results of his arrest and ongoing drug addiction.  One source mentioned that Khloe seems “more concerned about saving Lamar than ending their marriage.”

Odom’s legal issues remind us that, should the need arise, hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer should be a top priority.  A good criminal defense lawyer will help you in many ways, including discussing your legal options, determining aspects of your case which work in your favor, potential problems that can be foreseen and what to expect at the different stages of the process.

Having the support of a skilled criminal defense lawyer is beneficial because it can provide security that you are dealing with someone who has the legal knowledge and experience necessary to ensure the best chance of having your case defended properly.  Call a South Carolina criminal lawyer to schedule your free consultation.