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David Cassidy Pleads Not Guilty to DUI

11/30/2010 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

David Cassidy is adamant he was not drunk in dash cam video Florida officials released yesterday -- and this morning the former "Partridge Family" star officially plead not guilty to the DUI charge.

David Cassidy DUI

Cassidy -- who was charged with one count of DUI -- was not present in a Florida courtroom this morning when his attorney submitted the not guilty plea in writing.

If convicted, David could face up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 maximum fine.

As we previously reported, David copped to taking a pain pill for his back earlier in the day -- and says he may have been tired from an early morning funeral he had to attend -- but dude claims he definitely wasn't drunk.

He's due back in court in January.

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1.

Cartman    

Driving while on pain pills is also DUI, duh.

1360 days ago
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blackboymetalhead    

mmmmm katie cassidy....oh!? Her father.....well who cares. Dig up some news on katie or blank off tmz.

1360 days ago
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KZinmetry    

So taking a pain pill will cause you to fail a breath test...hummmm. Is there a test to distinguish alcohol consumption from taking pain meds? Does anyone know what was in the 'open container' found in his car?

1360 days ago
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stumpy    

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Driving while on pain pills is also DUI, duh.

Posted at 6:34 AM on Nov 30, 2010 by Cartman
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If they affect your driving
im on morphine and hydrocodone
and have no limits on my license
if you need pain medication and take it on a regular
basis you don't get the intoxicating effects
this may be the basis of his defense

1360 days ago
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Blue    

Have some class you s***bag. You blew positive on TWO breath test. I agree, man up and be glad you didn't put someone in the grave with your driving.

1360 days ago
6.

Rob    

Cassidy...your teeth are hideous. Go to a dentist and get them whitened. Even better call me at Sensational Smiles in Arizona and I will do it for you.

1360 days ago
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montanahank    

If I was charged with DUI I would find it important enough to show up for court. You failed a breath test what a moron.

1360 days ago
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jealous of kate    

as Stumpy said, if you are on pain meds for a condition and take them regularly, you would not have any effects. Yes, he needs to man up, something he has had problems doing HIS ENTIRE LIFE! (always has had an attitude when giving interviews, seems to forget those days as a Teen Idol are LONG AGO). ANY truth to the rumor that he was driving a psycedelic painted BUS and singing 'I think I love you' at the top of his lungs when he was pulled over? Did he try to give his name as 'danny bonaduce' at any point?

1360 days ago
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Holly    


@stumpy #7
You're misinformed

1360 days ago
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GEL    

David, David, David...do you really not understand that DUI is "Driving Under The Influence" of alcohol and/or other drugs. You Admitted to taking a pain pill for your back...AND DRIVING. Bet if you look at the label on your pills there is a warning against operating heavy machinery (that'd be a car doofus).

You just contradicted yourself when you admitted to taking a pain pill for your back when you were pulled over (even if you were tired, that just makes it worse that you were driving under the influence of a pain med)....and then pleading not guilty to a DUI. Surely your attorney told you that.

Why is it people assume DUI is always just about alcohol???

1360 days ago
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Alexa    

Leave the guy alone! He had a hard day after attending a funeral service for his career.

1360 days ago
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GEL    

#7 If they affect your driving
im on morphine and hydrocodone
and have no limits on my license
if you need pain medication and take it on a regular
basis you don't get the intoxicating effects
this may be the basis of his defense

Posted at 6:49 AM on Nov 30, 2010 by stumpy
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Stumpy, you are seriously mis-informed here. The law is very clear about this, it doesn't matter if you need the pain med and use it regularly or not...YOU ARE NOT TO BE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. No, the DMV is not going to put a limit on your license because you take those, they don't put a limit on someone's license if they drink either. It's YOUR job, YOUR responsibility to not get behind the wheel when you've taken them.

Yes, you may build up a resistance to those meds, but that won't get you off the hook if you are pulled over and a cop suspects you of DUI and has you tested, sorry. The fact remains that while you are on those medications...your reaction time is massively decreased and I'd be willing to bet, if someone were to observe your driving, you aren't driving as normally as you think you are.

Taking any strength hydrocodone (vicodin) and driving is the equivalent of drinking and driving. Hydrocodone can give you vertigo and impair your ability to judge distances. You may not feel it, but that's the reality of this drug. FYI, the same warning applies to Morphine as it says it affects your ability to be aware and awake.

The fact that you are driving under the influence of these two drugs scares the crap out of me.

1360 days ago
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northern gypsy    


man up D.C. ummm...your embarrassing yourself !!!

1360 days ago
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CAROL    

I will repeat this as often as need because from the other posts, some people think that David's father death was alchohol related. It was not.

Also there was no alchohol found at the scene and Jack's level was .12 at a time the legal limit (for driving, not for sitting in your living room) was .10. Jack didn't drive himself home. Jack was working at time so stop pretending he wasn't.

What David is doing is a whole lot worse.
Don't think you know the story and facts behind you if you don't

1360 days ago
15.

gene yuss    

I think I love booze
Isn't that what life is made of?

1360 days ago
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