When It Comes to DUI, a Name Is Just a Name
There is little doubt that The Ohio State University has one of the most popular football teams there is. That popularity didn’t do much for quarterback J.T. Barrett when he was pulled over on November 12. According to TMZ Sports, Barrett was pulled over at a DUI checkpoint on Halloween and pulled the, “Do you know who I am?” card.
Reports indicated that Barrett was pulled away from the line at the checkpoint because an officer could smell alcohol on or about his person. The young football player insisted he had had nothing to drink. Field sobriety tests were given, and Barrett was placed under arrest. The gossip website obtained dashcam footage of the arrest, in which Barrett is heard saying, “I’m the quarterback of Ohio State … officer, there’s nothing you can do?”
When Barrett realized that his protestations were not going to get him out of an arrest, he went along with officers and advised that his back-up quarterback could pick him up.
Barrett appeared in court last week. A judge suspended his license for six months and fined him $400. In addition, Barrett was ordered to enroll in and attend an alcohol awareness program. He must complete the program prior to February 15. If he fails to complete the program, Barrett may spend time in jail.
Ohio State admins didn’t let Barrett off, either. The football player lost his summer 2016 financial aid and was suspended for one game.
As young Mr. Barrett has found out, who you are doesn’t necessarily impress the police. If you are pulled over and arrested for a DUI, the best thing you can do for yourself is to call an attorney. Hawkins Spizman Fortas has a team of lawyers experienced in DUI law. Let us put our knowledge to work for you. Call today for your free initial consultation or browse our website for more information about our firm.