Driving home from a family dinner, a night with friends, a sporting event, or a company party can lead to a night in jail if you are pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence. Some drivers simply don’t realize how much they have consumed or that they are over the legal limit. Other suspects of drunk driving may have been unfairly arrested or targeted. A conviction can result in loss of license, jail time, fines, and a criminal record. The consequences can be even more severe for celebrities, athletes, professionals and other high-profile defendants.
In another DUI case making headlines, a University of Alabama linebacker was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. Our Birmingham drunk driving defense attorneys understand the stress and consequences of a DUI arrest. We are dedicated to helping our clients protect their rights in the justice system and reduce the penalties and charges associated with suspected drunk driving. In any case, we will pursue a thorough investigation on behalf of a DUI defendant.
According to reports, police responded to a call after a minor accident with no injuries. Police were then tipped off that one of the drivers was allegedly intoxicated. Police claimed to have found probable cause to arrest the linebacker and charged him with driving under the influence. Police reports indicated that the linebacker spent the night in Tuscaloosa County Jail and paid a $1,000 bond, before he was released. Media relations personnel for the Alabama team have not made any conclusive statements yet about the case.
College and professional football players, as well as other athletes are often the subject of high-profile DUI and criminal cases. Lee is the second Alabama football player to be arrested this year. Reports indicated that another player was charged with failure to obey and resisting arrest. Another player was charged with marijuana possession but he charges were later dropped. In this case, the same player was also sent home from the 2013 BCS National Championship because of a curfew violation.
DUI cases will hinge on evidence supplied by witnesses, police observation, and other information collected from the scene and after the arrest. It was unreported if he took field sobriety tests or a breathalyzer test and if the results presented any additional evidence of driving under the influence. Any evidence collected at the time of an accident or DUI arrest should be reviewed by an experienced advocate. Evidence that is illegally obtained can be suppressed and prevented from being used against the defendant.
Any college student or other professional with a reputation at stake need strategic and aggressive advocacy in the criminal justice system. In this case, the player has a strong reputation and is supposed to have a significant increase in playing time this season. Coaches continue to have a positive outlook for his future and the outcome of the case. Aggressive defense in any criminal matter is an important step in getting players back on track and back on the field.