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NFL Cornerback Charged with Felony Drunk Driving

July 5, 2012 1 comment

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Eric Wright was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and this Monday following an accident in Los Angeles, California. The arrest was made after police responded to an accident involving Wright’s vehicle. After police responded, Wright refused to submit to a breathalyzer, a blood test and also refused to perform field sobriety tests (FSTs). Wright, who was not hurt, allegedly admitted to officers that he had been drinking earlier that evening at a friend’s home. Wright was charged with a felony pursuant to California law, due to the fact that his alleged drunk driving involved a personal injury accident.

Wright’s case highlights the importance of an individual’s absolute right to refuse to talk with law enforcement. Without a doubt, his statements to law enforcement that were made on the roadside will likely play a vital role in the prosecution’s case against him. Even though Wright refused a blood test, a breath test and to perform standardized field sobriety tests, the prosecution can still prove intoxication based upon his admissions and officer observations, such as possible slurred speech and whether there was any possible odor of intoxication.

If you are charged with a drunk driving in Michigan, contact me, Lansing Drunk Driving Attorney Nick Leydorf. I have represented clients charged with drunk driving in numerous counties across Michigan, including Mount Pleasant, Lansing, Charlotte and Grand Rapids. I have found that many drunk driving attorneys fail to request documents such as datamaster calibration records and to request copies of any video captured by the officer’s dash cam. Requesting and reviewing these pieces of evidence is vital to providing an effective defense in a Michigan OWI or drunk driving case.

Contact me at (517) 388-6800 for a free initial phone consultation.

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