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College football star accused of DUI sentenced recently

Most young people in Washtenaw County know that a criminal charge of any kind can have serious consequences not only at the time of the incident but also have a negative effect on their future aspirations. When University of Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum was arrested for drunk driving, he was suspended from the college football team indefinitely. Accused of DUI, the football star was sentenced in court last week.

Police pulled Stonum over in May, while he was driving near the school campus in the early hours of the morning. According to the police report, he was driving without his headlights on. Stonum was driving slower than the posted 25-miles-per-hour and was allegedly drifting across the center line.

When asked to perform the field sobriety tests the football player appeared to have trouble. A breathalyzer showed a blood-alcohol content level higher than the legal limit. Stonum was arrested, and spent the night in Washtenaw County Jail.

The 21-year-old was charged with operating while visibly intoxicated (OWVI), and entered a guilty plea.

Stonum will not be allowed to return to the team until he has completed a court-ordered sobriety program as well as completed other disciplinary measures. A violation of probation could further jeopardize his career as a collegiate athlete, and a jail sentence could make it more difficult for him to find employment once he's out of school.

While young people sometimes make mistakes, it is the hopes of the justice system that they will learn from them. An attorney may be able to help those accused of DUI conviction to limit the damage to their future by providing them with the knowledgeable legal defense they deserve

Source: Detroit Free Press, "Police detailed why Michigan's Darryl Stonum was jailed," Mark Snyder, 06 July 2011

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