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Another DUI charge for Justin Blackmon

California fans of suspended NFL player Justin Blackmon are probably aware of his multiple charges related to substance abuse that led to his suspension from playing in 2013. In December of 2015, he was taken into custody again after being stopped in Oklahoma for a problem with a brake light. Reportedly, he said he had only had two drinks, but because of his slow speech, the officer asked him to submit to a field sobriety test. When he performed poorly, the officer did a preliminary breath test that Blackmon did not pass. Officers say he refused a Breathalyzer test, and he later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI.

His first DUI happened in 2010, also a misdemeanor, although it was later reduced to underage alcohol possession. In May 2012, shortly after he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he was taken into custody after he reportedly had a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit. He was then required to enter an NFL substance abuse program.

In 2013, he was suspended for four games after failing a drug test, and after another violation, he was indefinitely suspended. In 2014, he was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession although it was later reduced to disorderly conduct. He has not played since 2013 and might not play in the NFL again.

DUI charges can have serious repercussions including on a person's career if a conviction is obtained. Penalties could include jail time, which makes it advisable for those who are in this type of situation to meet with an attorney as soon as possible in order to construct a strategy to combat the charges. An attorney might, for example, decide to challenge the initial traffic stop as being conducted without probable cause.

Source: ESPN, "Justin Blackmon pleads guilty to misdemeanor DUI," April 28, 2016

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