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NFL player charged with DUI

With the National Football League season over, many players are taking time off to relax and blow off some steam and party with friends, but for San Francisco 49ers linebacker, Aldon Smith, his form of relaxation and fun got him charged with a DUI in Miami Beach, Florida.

According to Miami-Dade County jail records, Smith was booked more than a week ago and held on $1,000 bond, which he posted and was subsequently released.

A police spokesman had no information available about the arrest, but team officials stated that they were aware of the arrest. The team said that it will let the charges be handled by the legal system and in the meantime, they will continue to gather facts and monitor any changes in the case.

Smith was drafted in 2011 as the seventh overall pick and during his first season, he recorded 14 sacks, which was a franchise record for a rookie linebacker. Overall, he ranked number one in the NFL for sacks among rookies.

Law enforcement are stepping up their DUI pursuit to prevent drivers from driving under the influence and because of this, the penalties can be severe. For example, in California even if you are acquitted, you could still lose your license for at least 30 days. If convicted of a DUI you could be prohibited from driving for at least four months, even with a first offense.

If you find yourself charged with a DUI or arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, or are facing more serious charges related to an alleged DUI crash, it's best to speak with an attorney to make sure that your rights are protected. The knowledge that your attorney has regarding defense options for a drunk driving arrest, could result in a more favorable outcome.

Source: USA Today, "49ers' Aldon Smith faces DUI charge in Florida," Jan. 28, 2012

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