Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller did not break any traffic laws to be on time for his court hearing on Monday. It explains why a judge was so angry with him.
Miller was nearly two hours late for a hearing about minor traffic offenses on Monday morning, according to The Denver Post. He eventually pleaded guilty to the charges, but not before Magistrate Christina Apostoli voiced her displeasure about Miller’s tardiness.
Abraham Hutt, Miller's attorney, blamed his client’s lateness on miscommunication with the prosecution about whether the linebacker’s presence was necessary. Apostoli did not buy it.
Here is a portion of Jordan Steffen’s story in The Denver Post:
Apostoli on Friday rejected a request by Hutt to waive Miller's appearance.
"The court finds it rather ridiculous he doesn't appear this morning and he's mere blocks away," Apostoli said. "That's what's made a spectacle of these issues."
Miller, a third-year linebacker, had been at Dove Valley, the Broncos' nearby training facility..
Miller was scheduled to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. on Monday for three ongoing traffic cases, but arrived at 12:10 p.m. He pleaded guilty to minor traffic offenses, including speeding and driving a defective vehicle. He was ordered to complete 24 hours of community service and a level-one driving class within 90 days.
A final hearing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, but Miller's presence is not required.
In addition, the judge addressed Miller’s other legal infractions at the hearing on Monday, according to Steffen:
Miller was arrested in August after he failed to appear in court for traffic violations connected to a ticket issued in October 2012. In that case, Miller was charged with driving without a license, failure to display proof of insurance and careless driving.
In September, Miller was charged with driving under restraint and speeding 10 to 19 miles over the speed limit.
Apostoli dismissed the arrest warrant that was issued in February. Miller remains on bond from his arrest in August. If Miller completes the driving class and community service before the Jan. 23 hearing, Apostoli will quash the second bench warrant.
Miller has two options in the future.
Find an attorney that will inform him of important court dates or stay out of trouble.
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