Matthew Fox might have a few fans in Texas thanks to his roles in the hit ABC series "Lost" and the football movie "We Are Marshall."

As readers in Bryan and College Station might already know, last May, Fox was arrested for DUI in his home state of Oregon. Earlier this month, he appeared on "The Ellen Show" and discussed the incident. It was the first time he has spoken at length publicly about it.

"I was terribly embarrassed by that and take full responsibility for it," he said. "I really own that and have done every single thing the state of Oregon requires for a first time DUI offender. I have learned a ton. I did four weeks of alcohol informational training and just learned an enormous amount."

Now, everyone makes mistakes. What really matters is what we take away from those mistakes. If what Fox is saying is true, he has educated himself about alcohol and what are appropriate and inappropriate ways to use it. With that learning process taken care of, it seems fair to assume he is in a good position to not make the same mistake again.

There isn't any way to guarantee how a court will view a DUI offender, but in many cases, judges look favorably on first-time offenders who commit to alcohol education, rehabilitation programs or diversion efforts. With the help of an attorney who understands DUI law and has experience working with clients who are in situations similar to yours, those are all options you might consider exploring. Once again, that is not a promise they will prove beneficial to you from a legal perspective, but they are one option you might look into.

Source: The New Jersey Star-Ledger, "Matthew Fox talks DUI, Cleveland bus melee, denies hitting women," Vicki Hyman, Oct. 17, 2012