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Professional football player accused of DUI

A professional football player has been accused of driving under the influence in California. A safety for the Los Angeles Rams, T.J. McDonald, was arrested earlier this year after crashing into a parked vehicle. He was recently charged with misdemeanor DUI.

The safety's arrest took place at around 8:30 a.m. one day in May following his vehicle collision. He ended up being released later in the day on a bond of $300. The 25-year-old man is expected to be arraigned in early October for driving while impaired by drugs (one count).

The man was chosen by the Rams as part of the 2013 draft. His father had also played as a safety in the 1980s and 1990s, but for other teams. The Rams reported that they were aware of the man's charge of driving under the influence.

People facing charges of DUI in California retain the right to proceed to trial if they consider this to be in their best interests. At trial, the prosecution has to prove a defendant's charges using relevant and appropriate evidence in order for a conviction to be secured. In some cases, the weight of the prosecution's possible evidence suggests that the defendant would be best served by pursing negotiations for a plea deal, which might lead to reduced charges or a lighter sentence from the court, if available. The criminal defense will push for an outcome that is ultimately in the client's best interest and also ensure that his or her rights are honored throughout the criminal justice proceedings.

Source: Pacific Palisades, CA, Patch, "Rams Safety T.J. McDonald Charged with DUI", Sept. 17, 2016

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