Golfer Tiger Woods has an arraignment scheduled for Wednesday for his May DUI arrest. Just one problem: Per his attorney, Woods won’t be there.
Douglas Duncan, Woods’s lawyer, announced on Tuesday that Woods planned not to attend the hearing. Although there were no further details provided, much could be inferred from the announcement, primarily that Woods would be pleading “not guilty” to the charges against him.
Any plea entered other than “not guilty” would require the golf pro to be in attendance, so Woods’s absence means that he and Duncan intend to fight the DUI charge.
It’s an interesting choice, particularly given that Woods would qualify for the first-time DUI offender program offered by Palm Beach County, which would mean just a year of monitoring and 50 hours of community service instead of a jail sentence, with the DUI charge dropped at the end of the year.