Lynch was arrested on July 14, 2012, by the California Highway Patrol after a traffic stop in Oakland. He allegedly was weaving in and out of lanes in a Ford van and nearly collided with two cars. Lynch’s attorney said his client recorded a .08 blood-alcohol level on the field sobriety test, the lowest level above the legal limit.
As a result of Lynch’s plea bargain, he will receive two years of probation, along with a monetary fine. In addition, he will not have to attend a four-month DUI school, which is mandatory for DUI convictions in California. However, he must attend six classes on driving safety and alcohol consumption.
“We are resolving the case Friday by pleading to a wet reckless,” Ivan Golde, Lynch's attorney, told ESPN.com. “We have a strong case for trial and could win the case, but the last thing he needs is to go through a public trial.
“He's a Super Bowl champion, and he has endorsements pending. For a guy in his position, it just doesn't make any sense to go through a public trial. He has a lot at stake here. You know Marshawn. He's not a media guy. It wouldn't have been good for him to go through all that.”
Of course, if Lynch caused an accident because of reckless driving, it would not have been good for anyone involved.
“With the way the media is today, it would be tough for him to go through a trial like this,” Golde told ESPN.com. “It was better to plead to the much lesser charge, which basically is an unsafe lane change.”
Golde believes the plea bargain may help Lynch to avoid discipline from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who is the ultimate judge and jury.
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