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Kiefer Could Face Bigtime Jail Time

9/25/2007 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Keifer SutherlandKiefer Sutherland is in deep you-know-what.

In November, 2004, Kiefer was popped for driving with a .22 blood alcohol level, and plead no contest to drunk driving. He was placed on 5 years probation. That means if he's convicted on this morning's DUI, he will have violated his probation.

Now here's where the news gets worse: Guess who the judge was in the 2004 case? That would be Judge Michael Sauer, the guy who threw the book at Paris Hilton for violating her probation. And remember, Paris was not drunk when she was driving on a suspended license -- and she was sentenced to 45 days in jail!

Stay tuned.


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Kiefster has had a long and great run with drugs and alcohol. He was a party freak with pal Robert Downey as a teen...two of the all-time greats. It would sadden me to see a guy like this hang up his shot glass blowing a .09 or .10. No way. Couple years ago he posted a .22, like a real man. This time, twice the legal limit. Thats my boy. Getting a limp winky DUI is for amateurs like Paris. Kiefer is a professional. Show some respect for one of Hollywood's great tipplers...a drinkers drunk. Sure he should go to jail, but he won't cry or cause a scene, he will walk in there carrying a full load and come our thirsty. Canada should be proud. Should he quit drinking? No way, they transplant livers now and he can start all over with a new one and a screw you attitude. Burrrrrp.

2548 days ago


It's ridiculous. The average person would know if they've had too much to drink to call a friend or call a taxi. Of all the people that can afford to pay for a much needed ride home, why don't they just call someone?!

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Can't compare it to Paris because Kiefer wasn't driving on a suspended license. The suspension on his prior DUI expired years ago. Second, normally 5 year probation terms end after 1 year of compliance. In other words, assuming his abided by his probationary terms for one year after his 2004 arrest, then in 2007 he would no longer be under those terms. Long story short, Kiefer will receive a hefty fine, court costs and have to attend a mandatory substance abuse class.

2548 days ago


what if someone had a DUI in one state 4 years ago and got one in another state last month??

2548 days ago


Wow. Another stupid celeb. Big surprise, I'm gonna have a heart attack and die from that surprise....

2548 days ago


paris did go to jail for violating her probation; driving with a suspended license was the offense she commited to violate her probation..

so he should go to jail too .. they give you one chance and you mess up you deserve to go to jail

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I hope #46 that you are right.

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I love and respect Jack Bauer, but have no such feelings for Keifer. He has enough money for a limo, a cab, or to call a friend to drive him home. Drinking and driving disrespects your family, your co-workers, your fans, and most of all yourself. I expected better of Keifer.

2548 days ago


Hi Crabby Abbey,

Is showing penitence similiar to exposing a body part. (not a good idea in front of the judge). Showing pennance would be much better. Supporting or not supporting drinking and driving should not even present an issue. It is a selfish, egotistical act performed mostly by addle minded morons. If this guy demonstrates behavior like this he is a menace. He just got caught again. He should take a Limo to rehab.

Why would anyone hate you?

2548 days ago

Legal Eagle    

Even if he isn't convicted, he's already violated his probation. Standard condition of any DUI probation in CA is that you are not allowed to drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in your system. Meaning, even if he only blew a .02 or .03, he still violated a term of his probation. He's facing a revocation of the probation (which reinstates the suspended jail sentence of 30 days), as well as a multiple offender conviction (tack on another 45-60 days - probably more if his BAC was over .14). I see house arrest and a SCRAM in this guy's future. All the best to him.

2548 days ago

Legal Eagle    

Also, to #46 - you might want check your facts and maybe sit in on a few court sessions. Did you get your JD from a Cracker Jack box?

CA DUI records go back 10 years. This will be a second offense. And nobody gets their probation cut short, especially when it's informal and for a DUI.

2548 days ago


What a bummer. He should be more careful.

2548 days ago


# 20 by Censorship
(I have neve been censored btw)
This is not a political web site but a celebrity gossip web site!.
if you cannot find anyone to listen to your ramblings off the internet why would you think TMZ posters would be interested.
It seems sadly desperate to come here and vent on and on about politics. Try short and simple, then moving on to the subject matter ...

2548 days ago


Kiefer is that you... your still ok with me .... we all make mistakes.... it is how you handle your mistakes that counts..... admit guilt, do the time and go on with your life .... these people don't have lives but you do......
me I love Kiefer! and your father too....

2548 days ago


Kiefer, Kiefer, Keifer

what were you thinking

obviously you were not

what about those around you-why would they let you drive that way where you could potentially have an accident and kill someone?

your judgement was impaired by the alchol-bad enough
but what's the excuse for other people around you

sure we're not our brother's keeper

buy how, with a clear conscience, can we not speak up when someone in this condition decides to drive! I he or others were killed would that not bother the ones who watched him drove off

as a society we need to really look at how the bar/bartenders/patrons/parking lot attendants etc. look the other way for celebs and enable them
thereby endangering all of our lives (us, our children, friends etc.) if we happen to be driving/walking in the area at that time

the law needs to work-but we all need to speak up when appropriate-including Britney''s bodyguard-speak up at the time and maybe save a life-rather than remain silent and leave it all to chance! speaking up months after the fact isn't helpful to society

I've lost a family member to a drunk driver-the people around the guy knew he was wasted when he went to his car-apparently they all laughed at how wasted he was-and nobody thought of what could happen to an innocent person-he survived-my cousin did not!

start having a dialogue about this with your friends & family-decide in advance the right thing to do if a friend etc. is drunk and heading to the car---that way if & when you see it happen-it will be a reflex action to stop them and save a life maybe

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