Posts Misrepresent Status of Paul Pelosi’s DUI Charges


Paul Pelosi attends Tony Bennett’s 85th Birthday Gala Benefit for Exploring the Arts at The Metropolitan Opera House on Sept. 18, 2011, in New York City. Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images.

He could face charges of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher, the Associated Press reported.

But social media posts falsely claimed that all DUI charges against Pelosi have been dropped. 

Comedian Rob Schneider shared a tweet on June 8 from Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado claiming that Pelosi’s charges were dropped. A Facebook page called The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, a fan page for the Joe Rogan podcast, shared a screenshot of Schneider’s tweet. 

A post on Instagram shows a screenshot of a tweet that reads, “BREAKING: All charges have reportedly been dropped against Paul Pelosi for his DUI crash. Gavin Newsom reportedly intervened at the request of Nancy Pelosi and directly ordered the California Highway Patrol to drop all charges.”

But the posts offer no evidence to support those claims. 

Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley released a statement on June 9 on Facebook saying that the case is still under review.

“At the time, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrested Mr. Pelosi (DOB 4/15/40) for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving with a .08% Blood Alcohol Content or Higher. He was booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections and cite released,” reads part of the statement.

“Mr. Pelosi agreed to a court date of August 3, 2022, at 8:30 am in Napa County Superior Court. If criminal charges are filed, Mr. Pelosi would be arraigned at that time,” the statement continued. “The case is currently under review to decide what, if any, charges will be filed against Mr. Pelosi. This is standard protocol for any DUI case that is referred by a law enforcement agency in Napa County.”

The statement added that “no decision has been made at this time” and “any speculation to the contrary is incorrect.”

The Napa County District Attorney’s Office said the media and public will be notified when a decision is made.

Editor’s note: is one of several organizations working with Facebook to debunk misinformation shared on social media. Our previous stories can be found here. Facebook has no control over our editorial content.


Altman-Devilbiss, Alexx. “Nancy Pelosi’s husband arrested for drunk driving, online records say.” ABC News. 29 May 2022.

Associated Press. “Pelosi’s husband arrested on suspicion of DUI in California.” 29 May 2022.

Boebert, Lauren (@Laurenbobert). “Paul Pelosi’s DUI charges have been dropped. Is anyone really surprised?” Twitter. 8 Jun 2022. 

Freiman, Jordan. “Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, arrested for alleged drunk driving.” CBS News. 31 May 2022.

Morales, Caroline. “Napa County DA reviewing Paul Pelosi’s DUI Charges.” ABC10. 9 Jun 2022.


Napa County District Attorney’s Office Facebook page. Statement on charges pending against Paul Pelosi. 9 Jun 2022.

Schneider, Rob (@RobSchneider). “Twitter won’t let me retweet this…Here’s a screenshot.” Twitter. 8 Jun 2022.



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