The Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys recently awarded his team with a week off. According to reports, he implored his players to stay out of trouble, telling them to “be safe and be smart.” Unfortunately, not everyone got the message.
Damontae Kazee, a safety for the team, was arrested earlier in the week for DUI. He was pulled over early Tuesday morning on highway 121 in the Colony, a suburb of Dallas.
After he was stopped, the arresting officer noticed he was exhibiting signs of intoxication. He admitted to consuming alcohol and failed a field sobriety test.
The 28-year-old was charged with a class B misdemeanor and booked at the Colony Municipal Jail. He was released from jail after posting $2,500 bail.
In addition to criminal repercussions, he may face disciplinary action from the National Football League (NFL). The league is known to issue suspensions for DUI convictions, sometimes for as long three games.
A DUI impacts more than driving privileges
It’s a common misperception that the consequences of a DUI conviction don’t beyond the loss of driving privileges. In reality, those convicted may also face serious fines and even jail time.
Thankfully, those charged with a crime have rights. Law enforcement must act with propriety before, during, and after the arrest. Furthermore, a defendant is only guilty if there’s evidence beyond reasonable doubt that he committed the crime.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer can hold law enforcement accountable and ensure your rights are protected.
Rockwell, Texas residents should act quickly. The early stages of the criminal process often determine a case’s outcome. If cost is a concern, many lawyers offer a free initial consultation at no out-of-pocket cost to the client.