Since Roger Goodell took over as commissioner of the National Football League, off-the-field misconduct has been a major issue that he has sought to address. Specifically, players can be suspended for drunk driving arrests, even before they have an opportunity to present their case in court.
This has been a point of major concern, especially given how an accused is innocent until proven guilty. Such was the case for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt, who was arrested on suspicion of DUI last summer while trying to pass through a military security gate at the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.
Britt was administered a field sobriety test before his arrest. He refused to take a breathalyzer test, which triggered a violation of law guaranteeing implied consent. In Arizona (and other U.S. states), all drivers implicitly give their consent to allow law enforcement agencies to conduct chemical tests in order to determine their blood alcohol level if they are suspected of driving under the influence.
A driver who refuses to participate in such a test faces severe administrative penalties. (Essentially, their driving privileges can be suspended).
In a recent trial, a U.S. magistrate judge found that Britt was not guilty of driving under the influence, and was not guilty of violating the implied consent law.
The case exemplifies the importance of seeking legal counsel in the event of a drunk driving arrest. A skilled criminal defense lawyer can analyze the relevant facts discover appropriate defenses that could lead to charges being dismissed.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Arizona, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help.
Source: AZFamily.com, Titans WR Kenny Britt found not guilty at DUI trial, March 19, 2013