College basketball fans in New Jersey may have heard that a 21-year-old sophomore forward for the University of Indiana was recently arrested for drunk driving near the college campus. He has not been on the court since.
According to a news report, the student athlete was arrested in the early morning hours after he was stopped by campus police for reportedly driving in the wrong direction on a one-way road. A police officer then determined that his blood-alcohol content was just about twice the state's legal limit of .08 percent. It is not clear whether the driver took a breath test or how this evidence might have been gathered.
Although there were no injuries in this particular case or property damage, it may still end up leading to very serious penalties and consequences.
Student athletes often face very serious consequences when they are charged with drunk driving-related offenses. The preliminary drunk driving charge that this young man faces has already resulted in an immediate suspension from the basketball team. So, though he has yet to be proven guilty of any criminal offense, he is already being punished.
In many drunk driving cases, this is the case. An immediate suspension of one's driver's license and even forced time off of work can result in major difficulties, including lost wages.
It is very important for New Jersey residents to understand their rights when facing such drunk driving charges. Seeking criminal defense advice may help alleviate some of your worries during such a difficult time.
When involved in a drunk driving case, protecting your future is the greatest concern.
Source: The Post-Tribune, "Indiana's Hammer Mosquera-Perea arrested, suspended," Andy Proffet, Feb. 15, 2014