Former NFL Quarterback Donovan McNabb Serves One Day in Jail for December DUI Arrest

On December 15, 2013 former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was pulled over for speeding; he was allegedly driving 81 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to CBS Sports.  He was subsequently arrested and charged with DUI after police determined that McNabb was under the influence.  Last week, McNabb spent one day in the Maricopa County Jail.  In March of this year, McNabb, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles, pleaded guilty.  Because of his guilty plea, he was ordered to serve only one day in jail.

McNabb was sentenced to 10 days, however nine of those days were suspended.  He is currently an analyst for Fox Sports 1.  Fox Sports officials said in a statement that they are convinced McNabb “understands the gravity of this offense and is sufficiently contrite.”  A spokes person went on to say that “The legal process has been concluded and we plan no further disciplinary action at this time.”

News reports do not indicate whether McNabb was issued a ticket for speeding, or whether he was subject to other penalties for the DUI arrest.  In the state of Michigan, individuals who are charged with driving under the influence face not only potential jail time, but fines, driver’s license suspension, community service, and other harsh punishment depending on whether it is a first, second, or subsequent offense.

A third DUI in Michigan is a felony offense and leaves the individual who is charged facing extremely harsh penalties.  These penalties include fines of up to $5,000, between one and five years in prison, and driver’s license revocation for a minimum of five years.  The accused may also be ordered to serve up to 180 days of community service, and have his or her vehicle impounded, among other penalties.

Drunk driving is a serious offense not only in Michigan, but across the nation.  Penalties are much harsher than they were years ago, as MADD and similar groups along with lawmakers attempt to crack down on those who consume alcohol and get behind the wheel.  Even if it is a first offense, those arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs should consult with a highly experienced Michigan DUI defense attorney who will work to secure the best possible results and help you determine the best legal approach in an effort to minimize the damage.

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