On Friday, November 21, 42-year-old former Atlanta Falcon running back Jamal Anderson was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this was Anderson’s second DUI arrest in 2 1/2 years. He was arrested for DUI in June of 2012, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.
Georgia State Patrol officials arrested Anderson on Friday after he was found on the southbound side of I-85 in his stopped car. He was also arrested for improper slowing or stopping on the roadway. Anderson has since been released, and was held in a Gwinnett County jail on a bond of more than $2,000.
In the 2012 incident, Anderson was required to attend a drunk driving impact panel, perform community service, and pay fines of $700. He was also placed on probation for 12 months. Anderson was with the Atlanta Falcons from 1994 to 2001.
In the state of Michigan, a second DUI conviction within seven years of the first will result in a mandatory minimum of five days in jail. In addition, the defendant’s driver’s license will be revoked for at least one year, regardless of hardships, work, or other responsibilities. A second DUI within seven years may result in a maximum of one year in jail, fines of up to $1,000, up to 90 days community service, vehicle immobilization, and more. A second DUI is a very serious matter, one that places the defendant’s driving privilege in jeopardy, along with his/her freedom. The repercussions to an individual’s reputation and career can also be very serious.
If you have been arrested on a second DUI charge, it is vital that you work with a highly experienced Michigan DUI defense attorney who is aggressive and dedicated to securing good results. Driving under the influence is a criminal offense that will leave you with a criminal record. It is critical that you take the necessary steps to protect your legal rights and avoid potentially damaging consequences to your life.