Fact check: No charging decision yet in Paul Pelosi DUI case

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The claim: DUI charges against Paul Pelosi have been dropped

The May 28 arrest of Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for allegedly driving under the influence in Napa County, California, has triggered claims on social media about his case.

“All charges have reportedly been dropped against Paul Pelosi for his DUI crash,” reads a June 7 tweet shared on Instagram. “Gavin Newsom reportedly intervened at the request of Nancy Pelosi and directly ordered the California Highway Patrol to drop all charges.”

The Instagram post, which contained a screenshot of the tweet, got nearly 5,000 likes in less than a week, and other versions of the claim spread widely across social media.

A similar post was circulated by Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., whose June 8 tweet about Paul Pelosi's charges was shared more than 14,000 times.

But the Napa County District Attorney's Office has not yet decided whether to charge Paul Pelosi, so there aren't currently charges that could be dropped. The case remains under review, and officials have said the public will be notified when a charging decision is made.  

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USA TODAY reached out to Boebert and other social media users who shared the claim for comment. None provided evidence to support the assertion that Paul Pelosi's charges have been dropped.

Paul Pelosi and Nancy Pelosi attend the 44th Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on December 05, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Paul Pelosi and Nancy Pelosi attend the 44th Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on December 05, 2021 in Washington, DC.

District attorney's office hasn't made a charging decision

In a June 9 statement, Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley said the office was "currently reviewing charges" after Paul Pelosi was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher.

Haley said the office was working to determine "what, if any, charges will be filed" against Pelosi. She added that this was "standard protocol" for DUI cases in the county.

Paul Pelosi is scheduled to appear in Napa County Superior Court on Aug. 3, Haley said. If criminal charges are filed, Pelosi would be arraigned at that time.

In a June 10 message to USA TODAY, Assistant District Attorney Paul Gero confirmed no charges have yet been filed.

Both Haley and Gero said the media and public would be notified when a filing decision is made, though neither offered a timeline in their statements.

California Highway Patrol spokesperson Fran Clader told USA TODAY the agency does not file charges and that Speaker Pelosi's high profile has not had any bearing on how her husband's case is being handled.

“The CHP has treated this incident in the same manner as it does any case,” Clader said in a June 9 email. “Any claims to the contrary are patently false.”

Erin Mellon, a spokesperson for Newsom, told USA TODAY on June 8 the governor “has had absolutely zero involvement” in the case.

The claim of dropped charges has also been debunked by various fact-checking outlets, including The Associated Press, AFP and PolitiFact.

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Our rating: False

Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that DUI charges against Paul Pelosi have been dropped. The case remains under review by the Napa County Attorney’s Office, which has not yet made a decision as to what, if any, charges will be filed against Pelosi. He currently has an Aug. 3 court date.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Napa County reviewing charges in Paul Pelosi DUI case