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NFL player moving forward after drunk driving arrest

NFL player Daryl Worley expressed gratitude for his second chance to continue his career in California after signing with the Oakland Raiders as a cornerback. He had been expecting to play for the Eagles, but that team waived him after his arrest for drunk driving and possession of an unlicensed weapon. Worley said that he has not heard from the NFL yet about disciplinary actions for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

His arrest occurred in April, when police reported finding him unconscious inside his vehicle that was blocking a highway. According to public court records, he entered a guilty plea during his court appearance in June. He accepted responsibility for misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and carrying a gun in public. He had originally faced a felony charge for the unlicensed firearm, but prosecutors dismissed the felony. His sentence included 72 hours of jail time, which he had already served, along with probation for two years.

Speaking publicly about his legal troubles, Worley likened his arrest to bad plays on the field. He said that they cannot be changed but he intended to learn from his mistake.

An arrest after allegedly driving while intoxicated could jeopardize a person’s ability to get to a job and potentially result in high court fines and jail time. An attorney could offer guidance when a person must answer for DUI charges. Mistakes made by law enforcement during the administration of a breath test might give an attorney the ability to challenge criminal charges. If evidence stands, however, an attorney could still approach a prosecutor and request a plea bargain for reduced charges or a lenient sentence.

Source: ESPN, “Raiders’ Daryl Worley pleads guilty to charges, likely faces NFL discipline“, Aug. 4, 2018

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.