Jacksonville Jaguars’ Justin Blackmon enters guilty plea at DUI hearing

7/25/12 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsWide receiver Justin Blackmon withdrew his former not guilty plea and his attorney Cheryl Ramsey entered a guilty plea on her client’s behalf, who himself was absent at the DUI hearing at Payne County District Court. The judge hearing Justin Blackmon’s case gave him a one year deferred sentence and a $500 penalty. Justin Blackmon is also required to serve 50 hours of community service, and he will remain free on the $1,000 bail posted following his arrest on the condition of fulfilling other court demands.
Police arrested Justin Blackmon during a routine traffic check at Stillwater on suspicion of DUI on June 3.He was booked into jail after a breathanalyzer test revealed the Jacksonville Jaguars draftee posted a blood-alcohol level of .24, which is considered three times over the legal limit appointed by the state at a .15 reading. Police records show that a second sample taken from Justin Blackmon registered at .26. Thus, Justin Blackmon was charged with aggravated DUI, which carries a one year sentence and a$1,000 fine.
On June 4, Justin Blackmon had filed a not guilty plea against the misdemeanor charges but with drew it for a guilty plea that saved him jail time. Cheryl Ramsey stated she had informer Justin Blackmon regarding the situation over a telephonic conversation.
The Judge hearing Justin Blackmon’s case, Michael Stano, took strict measures to ensure that Justin Blackmon learned a valuable lesson from the DUI incident and was sure to never repeat the mistake again. In his handout of strict punishments, Judge Michael Stano asked Justin Blackmon to pay $100 assessment in from of a drug abuse treatment financial sum, and submit himself for a complete year’s supervision under appointed district attorney. Moreover, Justin Blackmon is required to fit an interlock device on his car, which acts like a breath analyzer and refuses individuals over state legal drinking limit the permission to start the car.
Apart from the interlock device, further safety and preventive measures demand that Justin Blackmon take on an ADSAC course or one in league with it. Cheryl Ramsey stated to the court that Justin Blackmon had already been enrolled for an ADSAC course and an interlock device will be installed on his vehicle within no time.
Justin Blackmon is yet to be signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars after e was selected fifth overall by the team in the April drafts. It is unclear at this stage how the arrest will impact the Jacksonville Jaguars and Justin Blackmon’s negotiations, after the team revealed it was aware of the situation and looking into the matter.
The court also made it mandatory upon Justin Blackmon to provide urine samples every six weeks for testing. Cheryl Ramsey revealed that the legal requirement will be fulfilled through Justin Blackmon’s collaboration with the NFL and Jacksonville Jaguars.
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