Son Seung Won’s Prison Sentence For Drunk Driving Upheld By Appeals Court
The Seoul Central District Court has ruled to uphold Son Seung Won’s prison sentence for drunk driving.
Earlier this year, Son Seung Won was sentenced to one year and six months in prison for driving under the influence of alcohol and without a license. The actor had been arrested after crashing his father’s car into another vehicle while drunk in December of last year, marking the fourth time he was caught driving under the influence.
During his original trial in April, Son Seung Won was found guilty of violating the Road Traffic Act by driving under the influence and without a license, but he was found not guilty of an additional charge of dangerous driving under the Additional Punishment Law on Specific Crimes.
As the prosecution had initially demanded a four-year sentence for the actor, both Son Seung Won and the prosecution ultimately chose to appeal the court’s decision. During his appeal last month, Son Seung Won apologized for his actions and stated, “From the time after the first trial up until my appeal, I felt guilty and reflected on my wrongdoings. I feel as though I learned a lot about life during the past six months. I regretted living my life badly, and I came to learn how precious and valuable family is.”
On the morning of August 9, the Seoul Central District Court ruled to uphold the original sentence of one year and six months in prison. Furthermore, the court overturned the initial verdict by finding Son Seung Won guilty of the additional charge of dangerous driving (in addition to driving under the influence and without a license). However, the court chose not to alter his sentence due to the fact that Son Seung Won had come to an agreement with the victim of his car crash.
The judge also emphasized that Son Seung Won had shown a serious disregard for the law by repeating his offenses, stating, “The fact that Son Seung Won drove while drunk in August  and then again in December shows that he disregarded the law. He must be punished with a strict sentence.”
Top Photo Credit: Xportsnews