Sonja Morgan, the newest addition to the Real Housewives of New York cast, got into some trouble with the law recently. She was pulled over in the swanky Hamptons for running a stop sign. But not only did she break a minor rule of the road, she wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was suspected to have had one too many cocktails.
Sonja refused a breathalyzer, but failed the field sobriety tests, which included the runway-style walk and turn and reciting the alphabet. She has been charged with a misdemeanor count of DUI and had to spend the night in jail. On the arrest report, her occupation was listed as “Real Housewife.”
Sonja has a nine year old daughter and has not yet told her about the incident. “She doesn’t know about it,” she tells E!. “It’s not something to discuss because nothing happened yet…It’s a legal matter that I can’t even really get into.”
If found guilty, Snoja could spend one year in the slammer, pay a fine of up to $1,000 and have her license taken away for six months. That’s a lot of carpooling.
Being arrested and driving drunk is a hard thing for any parent to explain to their kids. But in a world where children can access any information they want with a few strokes on the keyboard, it’s sure to be something that she’ll find out. Why not fess up, be honest, and make it a lesson of what not to do? If handled correctly, Sonja could turn this situation into a positive learning experience. Plus, if she does happen to get the maximum sentence, at least her daughter will be prepared for the possibility that her mother will be going away for awhile. Yet, on the other hand, if nothing happens to Sonja legally, is it pointless to let her daughter worry about her mother and potentially think less of her?
What do you think? Should she keep it a secret or should she fess up?