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University football player arrested for drunk driving

One man, a university football player, was recently taken into custody on suspicion of DUI in Florida. He was also accused of driving while his license was suspended. The alleged drunk driving incident took place on a Saturday.

Police said they stopped the man, Mark Walton of the Miami Hurricanes, early in the day on Saturday. At that time, he reportedly had watery, bloodshot eyes. Police also said the 19-year-old almost fell down when they asked him to walk to the rear area of the vehicle. According to breath tests, the man's blood alcohol content was around .06 percent, which is under the legal limit for someone 21 or older but over the state's legal limit of .02 percent for individuals younger than 21.

According to police, the man was jailed on Saturday afternoon and ended up being released from jail a few hours afterward. He has been suspended from his team. A person who knew about the situation said part of the police's investigation of Walton has centered on whether he impersonated an officer in a different incident earlier that day.

People charged with drunk driving have the right to go to trial if they consider this to be in their best interests. The prosecution has to prove a defendant's charges by appropriate evidence or else a criminal conviction cannot be secured. In some situations, the possible evidence suggests the need to try to negotiate for a plea agreement, which -- if available -- might lead to reduced charges or a lighter sentence from a Florida court. The criminal defense will push for an outcome that is in the client's best interests while also striving to make sure that all relevant legal rights are upheld during the proceedings.

Source: espn.go.com, "Mark Walton facing DUI charge, suspended by Miami", April 23, 2016

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