It's NFL Draft season, and all pro football fans are focused on which college player might be their team's next big superstar. One probable draftee has a lot less on his mind today, now that charges for driving under the influence have been dropped.
Kenneth "P.J." Williams is a highly sought-after cornerback from the Florida State University. Williams was arrested on April 3 by FSU Police, who reported seeing Williams' car swerving across the roadway and even hitting a curb. Officers reported that Williams had red, watery eyes and slurred speech after they pulled him over. Even though Williams refused to take a breath test, often referred to as a Breathalyzer test, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
However, prosecutors decided to drop the DUI charges against Williams this week - prompting an outcry from some people who allege that the football player was given special treatment. But a closer look at the circumstances of Williams' case reveals why the state chose not to go forward with the charges.
It turns out that the dashcam on the officers' car did not record parts of the traffic stop. With an incomplete video record and no blood alcohol test results, prosecutors didn't feel that they could prove their case to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. So they elected to dismiss the DUI charges instead of risking an acquittal.
Since Williams' did refuse a breath test, his driver's license has been suspended. However, Florida law allows Williams to take a two-day alcohol awareness class and obtain a hardship license, which permits him to drive to and from practice and games.
If you are stopped by police on suspicion of DUI, don't automatically assume that you will be convicted. Contact a qualified DUI defense attorney to help you with your criminal case.