When addressing the issues related to a criminal charge a lot of concerns may need to be examined. By considering all the factors that may be involved with the help of an experienced attorney, it may be determined that the best option is to accept a plea agreement.
This is said to be the course taken by former Ohio State University football player Bradley Roby. He appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court earlier this week and pleaded guilty to a charge of physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
He had been facing a charge of drunk driving in connection with events that took place on April 20. According to police records, Roby was taken into custody after a witness reported that a man in a car had nearly struck a group of people on a sidewalk in the Arena District of Columbus and then passed out at the wheel. The driver, Roby, was arrested at the scene.
Police said he smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety tests, but when he took a blood alcohol breath test it registered just 0.008 percent. That's well below the 0.08 percent level at which it is illegal to drive.
Roby also submitted to a urine test, which his attorney says police requested to check for impairment by drugs.
Roby could have waited for the results of that test and continued to fight his case, but his attorney says that would have taken six weeks or more. He says Roby, who is considered a possible first-round pick in the NFL draft in a week, didn't want to the charge to affect his draft chances, so he pleaded guilty to the amended charge to resolve things.
As a result of the deal, Roby received a 180-day suspended jail sentence and must go through a three-day intervention program. He was fined $375, but retained his driver's license.
Also, with the agreement, city prosecutors confirm they can't file any other charges based on the urine test results, whatever they might reveal.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch, "Bradley Roby takes plea deal, sentenced to 3-day driver-intervention program," John Futty, April 29, 2014