According to law enforcement authorities, Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett was charged with operating a vehicle while he was impaired by alcohol on Oct. 31. The charge led to his being suspending by the football team for one game.

Reportedly, Mr. Barrett, who is 20, failed a breathalyzer test. Police released him from their custody to a teammate. In 2014, Mr. Barrett scored 45 touchdowns, breaking the Big Ten record. He also placed fifth in the drive to win the Heisman Trophy.

The school reported they did not suspend him for two weeks because the offense is a misdemeanor one. He will be allowed to play when the Buckeyes take on Illinois on Nov. 14. It is unclear from the reports about what Mr. Barrett’s blood alcohol concentration was or when he next will head to court. Reports also do not indicate the circumstances under which he was stopped by law enforcement or whether he submitted to roadside sobriety tests.

When people are charged with drunk driving violations, that doesn’t mean they will automatically be convicted. A person who is facing such charges may benefit by getting the help of a criminal defense attorney who has experience with these matters. Upon a careful review of the reports and evidence in the case, an attorney may be able to devise a strong defense strategy for such a client. In some cases this could include negotiating with the prosecutor to secure a favorable plea agreement or a dismissal of the charge. An attorney may also be able to identify constitutional problems with how the stop was conducted or issues with how the testing was performed.

Source: USA Today, “Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett cited for OVI, suspended one game,” Oct. 31, 2015