In Seattle, a drunk driving arrest can result in a driver's license revocation or the required installation of an interlock system. However, a drunk driving conviction could mean more than these DUI penalties; it could change a person's life forever. For one football player, in addition to these legal penalties, a drunk driving conviction could mean disciplinary action from his team and the university he attends.
According to Seattle police, a University of Washington football star was recently arrested for suspicion of drunk driving. Police say that they arrested the player, and later released him. He plays tight end for the University of Washington football team. The school's football coach released a statement saying that the player's decisions did not comply with what was expected of the school's athletes. The coach went on to say that the football player would be penalized, but did not describe how.
Not only does the University of Washington football player face disciplinary actions from his school, he may face other DUI penalties as a result of his arrest. In Washington, if a person is charged with a DUI and subsequently convicted of a first offense, penalties may include minimum jail time sentences, a fine of nearly $1,000 and suspension of a driver's license. The defendant may also be required to install an interlock system for a year after a driver's license suspension.
A conviction for a DUI offense may have penalties that extend further than just the penalties imposed by the state. It is important to remember that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. An experienced DUI defense attorney can often help achieve the best outcome possible for anyone facing DUI charges.
Source: Huffington Post, "Austin Seferian-Jenkins Arrested For DUI, Seattle Police Say," March 10, 2013