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Indianapolis Colts consultant arrested for drunk driving

Indiana residents who are stopped by law enforcement on suspicion of driving under the influence should be aware of the various rules for blood-alcohol content level and what warrants an arrest. Although the BAC level is generally required to be .08 or above for the officer to arrest the driver, law enforcement still has certain discretion when they determine whether to make an arrest. However, if the driver is arrested for drunk driving, a BAC level that is recorded below the legal limit can leave a significant amount of wiggle room to lodge a strong defense. This is something that can be accomplished with the help of a qualified DUI lawyer.

A former NFL player who is now a team consultant was arrested for drunk driving. Robert Mathis, 36, who played for the Indianapolis Colts and is now consulting the team about its pass rush, was placed under arrest. The incident occurred after midnight. His vehicle was stopped after he allegedly drove the wrong way on a one-way street and did not signal when turning. He was tested to determine his BAC level and it was found to be .052. This is less than the level that generally leads to an arrest. However, after field sobriety tests, the arresting officer concluded that Mr. Mathis' impairment was too severe to allow him to drive.

When a person is placed under arrest for DUI, there are multiple consequences they can face. There can be substantial fines, the loss of driving privileges and jail time. An understated issue is how it affects a person's perception in the community. It can impact employment, the ability to attend a school, and cause long-term problems. In any instance, it is vital to have legal help. This is especially true when the evidence can be called into question in an overt way.

In this case, the former NFL player and current Colts consultant Robert Mathis was arrested for DUI despite his BAC level falling well below the level that is commonly referenced when an officer makes an arrest. Given the circumstances, he must craft a strong defense to avoid the harshest punishments and to maintain his employment and standing in the community. A qualified lawyer is a must.

Source: espn.com, "Robert Mathis arrested on drunken driving charge," Mike Wells, Oct. 24, 2017

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