Former Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams was arrested for driving under the influence in Tallahassee early Friday morning. He was projected to go in the 1st round of the upcoming NFL draft, but this may cause him to drop to a lower round in the draft. A DUI or any criminal charge can affect your job too, so if you are arrested call an experienced criminal defense attorney IMMEDIATELY. There are a number of steps an aggressive criminal lawyer can take to improve your defense to the criminal charge. Some of these steps include taking photographs of the scene, obtaining witness statements, and talking to the prosecutor to try and convince the prosecutor to drop the charges or file a lesser criminal charge. In a DUI, the first 10 days are critical! You may be able to obtain a hardship license immediately or fight the administrative suspension that took affect when you were arrested for DUI.
In Williams case, he allegedly made an illegal turn out of a McDonald’s parking lot. He then allegedly stopped at a green light. After going through the light, the police allege he swerved over the lines on both sides of his vehicle almost hitting the curb. He was then was pulled over by the Florida State University Police Department and the standard red, watery, and blood-shot eyes were supposedly observed by the officer. The driver then allegedly swayed while standing and had to lean on the car for support which again, are standard allegations in all DUI cases. If there is a video, this will determine whether the allegations are true. The reports do not indicate whether he submitted to field sobriety exercises or a breath test. You DO NOT have to submit to the field sobriety tests under Florida law as many people believe is compulsory
This arrest will probably hurt his draft stock as he had previously been involved in a car accident and fled the scene. Police and prosecutors usually assume that alcohol was involved and that is why someone would flee the scene. However, this is very common as people are scared and panic because the do not know what to do. In that previous case, he returned to the scene, but was not investigated for alcohol. However, being arrested weeks before the draft and the biggest payday of your life will cause NFL teams to consider how risky it will be to select him in the draft.
An experienced DUI attorney is essential to your DUI case. Your job and ability to support your family could be on the line. You need to hire an attorney that tries this case before a jury and is not afraid to fight for you. A lawyer that attends DUI seminars on a regular basis and keeps up with the latest changes in the law and trial strategies. That is why I am a member of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) and The DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA) to ensure my clients get the best representation in their time of need.
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