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University football player charged with DUI

A Colorado State University football player was recently accused of driving while under the influence. The alleged DUI driver also faces other criminal charges. His arrest on suspicion of DUI took place on a Wednesday morning.

The 21-year-old football player was taken into custody at the intersection of two streets near the main campus of CSU. His county jail booking occurred right before 1 a.m. He ended up being released on bond at a little before 7:50 a.m.

The student athlete was listed as a starting strong safety on the CSU team. He played in a total of five games during the most recent football season. The criminal charges include DUI, speeding and operating a vehicle while his blood alcohol content was at or above .08 percent.

An individual facing DUI charges in Colorado has every right to go to trial on the merits of the allegations if he or she believes this to be in his or her best interest. Prosecutors have to prove the charges by relevant evidence that is found to be beyond a reasonable doubt; otherwise, no criminal conviction can be handed down. Sometimes a defendant considers it more beneficial to seek to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution, particularly if the weight of the prosecution's evidence seems strong. If a plea agreement is available, it might lead to reduced criminal charges and/or a lighter sentence than what would be imposed following a finding of guilt at trial. The criminal defense will push for the option that is most favorable for the accused.

Source: coloradoan.com, "CSU football player arrested on DUI charge", Kelly Lyell, June 15, 2016

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