Psychologist Michele Bieraugel placed on probation after DUI conviction

January 11, 2013

On June 11, 2012, the California Board of Psychology placed Michele M. Bieraugel on five years probation with terms and conditions.

Bieraugel is described in the Board document as having “a long history of substance abuse, starting…at approximately the age of 12.”

Further, in adulthood, she attended rehabilitation on several occasions between 1998 and approximately 2010 and “continued a pattern of alternately relapsing and then rejoining her recovery group.”

On or about June 15, 2010, after consuming approximately one and half bottles of wine (and also having taken the tranquilizer Valium and the antidepressant Effexor), she crashed her car into the rear of another vehicle at the bottom of a freeway offramp. She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other counts.

She pleaded guilty on August 17, 2010 to driving a vehicle with 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in her blood. She was placed on five years probation, fined $1,865 and had her driving privileges suspended for six months.


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