After a DUI arrest, an individual may soon discover that he or she could be at risk of losing his or her career or educational opportunities. Because so much is at stake after a DUI arrest, many individuals who have been charged with drunk driving in Georgia choose to work with an attorney who will evaluate the circumstances of one’s arrest in order to determine which course of action will be most beneficial for the individual.
In some cases, an arrest may not have been lawful and an attorney may make the recommendation to aggressively defend the charges. In other cases, an attorney may suggest to plead guilty in order to avoid more serious legal or social consequences.
Last week, a National Football League player who was arrested in Georgia over the summer for drunk driving learned that his charges will be dropped after he agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving in connection with the arrest.
DeKalb County police arrested Hines Ward last July for DUI after he allegedly swerved into another lane and hit a curb. The NFL player, who was also a former receiver for the University of Georgia, allegedly failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for refusing to take a breath test.
In agreeing to plead guilty to reckless driving, prosecutors have dropped the DUI charge. As part of the plea deal, the NFL player has also agreed to serve 12 months probation and 80 hours of community service. He will also be required to pay a $2,000 fine and take part in a risk reduction program. He will be also able to continue to travel during the football season with his team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, while he is on probation.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Hines Ward’s DUI charges dropped; pleads guilty to reckless driving,” Marcus K. Garner, Feb. 22, 2012