For anyone who faces a drunk driving arrest, the consequences can be dire and life-changing. Yet, facing a potential DWI conviction affects everyone in different ways. A professional football player's recent arrest in North Carolina on DWI charges shows how accusations of drunk driving can have serious repercussions.
In the early morning hours of July 5, All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns was arrested in North Carolina for DWI. Reportedly, the pro receiver's blood-alcohol level was .09, just over the legal limit for drivers.
Like many DWI stops, this one came about because of an apparent violation of a minor traffic law. Police stopped Gordon because he was speeding.
This is just the latest in a series of legal problems for Gordon. He has already been slapped with a ban from the NFL of at least a year for failing a drug test. Although Gordon is in the process of appealing the ban in the hopes of getting his suspension reduced, the recent DWI stop, even though it is not yet a criminal conviction, likely will not help his case.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you probably do not have to fear risking a career as a professional athlete. Yet, that does not mean the potential consequences in your case are any less real or any less impactful on your own life. Even accusations that have not been tested in court can harm your reputation and other aspects of your life. You can stem the damage to the greatest extent possible by seeking the assistance of an experienced North Carolina DWI defense attorney.
Source: Northeast Ohio Media Group, "Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon arrested for DWI in North Carolina," Mary Kay Cabot, July 5, 2014