Andrew O’Keefe hopes to become a lawyer again as he tries to “get back on track” with his life despite allegedly failing a drug test and facing trial for alleged violence.
The former Deal or No Deal host appeared at Waverley Magistrates Court in eastern Sydney on Thursday afternoon after being tested positive for methamphetamine and cocaine use.
NSW Police have charged O’Keefe with violating his bail terms after they found a drugs man leaving his home in Vaucluse.
During his bail hearing, O’Keefe’s attorney, Sebastian D. Brennan, spoke of his client’s desire to reintegrate into society and retrain as a lawyer — since his license had long expired.
Andrew O’Keefe hopes to become a lawyer while trying to “get his life back on track” despite allegedly failing a drug test
Mr. D. Brennan argued that O’Keefe had been drug-free since leaving the rehab facility three weeks earlier, when he received an enthusiastic report – his tenth visit to a facility of this type.
“He’s been trying to get back on track, and his partner has allowed him to rekindle his relationship with his children,” Mr. De Brennan told the court.
Mr. DeBrennan said O’Keeffe wanted to become a lawyer and hoped to retrain in the profession after it was accredited years ago.
“He is a man determined not only to rehabilitate himself, but to reintegrate,” said Mr. D. Brennan.
The 51-year-old had followed in the legal footsteps of his father, former Supreme Court Justice Barry O’Keefe, at a young age — before transitioning into a career in television, where he found fame as the host of Deal or No Deal weekend Sunrise.
As a young man, O’Keefe was a certified intellectual property attorney and has previously said he loves how “stimulating” the legal profession is.
The former Deal or No Deal host stood at Waverley Local Court in eastern Sydney on Thursday afternoon as his lawyer spoke out about his desire to reintegrate into society.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of smart, passionate, ethical people all working towards a goal,” he told Us Weekly in 2012.
“TV executives don’t always have the best interests of the actors in mind. I’ve found the law to be a more favorable environment.
During O’Keeffe’s court appearance, his attorney argued that police swabs taken on O’Keefe and used to check him for drugs may have been contaminated.
He was released on bail with a warning from Judge Jacqueline Milledge.
Outside the court, O’Keefe said: “This is what we found out in court today. There was a high probability of discard, contamination (of the sample).”
O’Keefe worked as an intellectual property rights attorney before moving on to a career in television
O’Keefe will then appear in court on December 14. The former white-ribbon ambassador was accused of beating, choking and assaulting a woman in January.
While on bail, O’Keeffe must behave properly, remain at his address in Vaucluse, and attend weekly appointments with his psychiatrist and psychiatrist.
The former TV star is also not allowed to leave New South Wales, go near the airport, and can only take medications prescribed by his doctor.
The judge also ordered him to stay away from alcohol and drugs and not to enter any place where alcohol is sold.
He also undergoes weekly drug tests.
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Andrew O’Keefe was released on bail Thursday after failing a drug test (O’Keefe was pictured with ex-wife Eleanor in 2005).