While most NFL news is focused on the upcoming draft, few stories are being told on the criminal charges players face stemming from incidents occurring last season. Alameda Ta'amu, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers, will face trial on felony charges based on an October incident where he allegedly was driving drunk when he crashed into several parked cars before running away from police.
In addition to drunk driving, Ta'amu was charged with aggravated assault as well as resisting arrest. Since the incident, he has been released from the Steelers.
The story is important given how the National Football League is viewing drunk driving incidents, especially in light of its new partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
As we highlighted in a prior post, NFL players become front page stories when arrested for drunk driving. It is more than the high-profile stories such as Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher or Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, but it is the overall image the league wants to project given the status it has in American culture.
In the meantime, Ta'amu, like many other people in Massachusetts who are charged with driving under the influence are entitled to a defense. They are afforded the opportunity to tell their side of the story and take advantage of any available defenses. A skilled attorney can advise an accused of their rights, options and implications of their choices.
Suffice it to say, you don't have to be an NFL player in order to defend your rights under the law. If you have questions about the effect a DUI charge may have on your liberty, an experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you.
Source: ABC News.com, Ex-Steeler Ta'amu set for trial in traffic arrest, April 4, 2013