Donovan McNabb pleads guilty to DUI charges

Michigan NFL fans may have heard that former pro quarterback Donovan McNabb pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Arizona on June 28.

At around 11:35 p.m. that night, McNabb, who is 38, hit a car that was stopped at a red light. Police took McNabb into custody after determining that he had been driving while impaired by alcohol. McNabb has stated that he does not have a drinking problem although the accident could have been avoided, and he is not trying to run away from the incident.

His sentence will begin on Nov. 30. He will first spend 18 days in jail, and he will serve out the remainder of his 90-day sentence under house arrest. The charge he pleaded guilty to was described as a "non-extreme DUI."

An individual who is charged with DUI like McNabb was may wish to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. In some cases, the attorney can negotiate an agreement with the prosecution in which the defendant would plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a reduced penalty. However, in other case the defendant may wish to plead innocent or see if the case can be dismissed. A DUI charge could have an effect on an person's career. For example, in some cases, an athlete who is charged with DUI may face a suspension. There could also be implications for people in careers such as education or politics. The defendant might have a medical condition that makes them appear impaired or have other reasons for pleading innocent.

Source: CBS Sports, "Report: Donovan McNabb to serve 18 months in jail for DUI," Ryan Wilson, Nov. 7, 2015