On Saturday, November 29, a member of Johnny “Football” Manziel’s entourage was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to a news article at Cleveland.com. The 24-year-old man, whose name was not released in the news report, was allegedly driving Manziel’s vehicle when he was arrested. Johnny Manziel is former quarterback at Texas A&M, and currently an NFL quarterback with the Cleveland Browns.
As of the time of news reports, the man had not been charged, however Cleveland police confirmed that drunken driving charges are forthcoming. Manziel was not in the car at the time the man was stopped, which was approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday in downtown Cleveland. The offender, who is reportedly Manziel’s roommate where the two live at The Metropolitan on The 9, was also allegedly involved in an assault a week earlier as a couple approached Manziel and his entourage at an elevator at The 9.
Other news reports claim that the member of Manziel’s “entourage” who was arrested for driving under the influence is his bodyguard. Manziel’s vehicle was reportedly impounded following the arrest.
Across the United States, penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol are extremely harsh. In Ohio, a first time offender will face up to six months in jail, or be court ordered to attend a three day DUI class. Fines of up to $1,000 and a minimum six-month driver’s license suspension are also possible.
In Michigan, criminal penalties are harsh whether it is a defendant’s first offense, or a second, third, or subsequent offense. A first time offender will face a maximum of 93 days in jail, fines of up to $500, driver’s license suspension for 30 days followed by 150 days of restricted driving, successful completion of an alcohol education program approved by the court, and possible community service. With each subsequent offense and conviction, criminal penalties become even more harsh.
Regardless of the situation, a DUI conviction can result not only in penalties and loss of your driving privilege, it can also impact your reputation and career. A criminal record may affect future employment opportunities. It is important that you do everything possible to protect your legal rights and stay out of jail. The most important step you can take is to consult with a skilled and aggressive Michigan DUI defense attorney.