Celtics’ Vito Faverani

Tampa, FL- Last year was a bad year for the NFL as far as DUI arrests are concerned but now it seems like the NBA may be having a DUI crisis of their own. This week alone two pro-players were arrested for driving under the influence, and another pleaded guilty to “super extreme DUI.”

Earlier this week, while spending time in Valencia, Spain, to recover from a previous injury, Boston Celtics player Vitor Faverani was arrested for drunk driving. According to reports, police stopped Faverini after he struck a bus at an intersection and determined he was intoxicated. No one was injured, but Faverani’s blood alcohol content was three times Spain’s legal drinking limit, according to ESPN.

Then, on Tuesday morning, Marreese Speights of the Golden State Warriors was arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida for drunken driving after spending the night celebrating his 27th birthday. According to ESPN, two breathalyzer tests showed is BAC was between .103 and .106.

Last week, news broke that P.J. Tucker of the Arizona Suns was arrested in May for “super extreme dui” after police discovered his BAC was three times Arizona’s legal limit. This week, Tucker pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to spend three days in jail, 11 days under house arrest, and five years of probation. He will also have to install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle.

After pleading guilty, Tucker released an official statement apologizing for his arrest.

Golden State Warriors’ Marreese Speights

The question is: With all the money these players make, why can’t they do the sensible thing and call a cab? Or, pay someone to drive them around when they plan on drinking? Could it be they don’t consider the consequences of a DUI tough enough to deter them from drinking and driving?

Law enforcement officials arrest over a million people for driving under the influence each year. If convicted each one of those individuals face numerous consequences including jail time, suspension of their driver’s license and thousands of dollars in fines and other legal costs. For a professional athlete, the cost of hiring a DUI attorney, fines and other DUI costs are just a small fraction of their yearly income. However, most people don’t make anywhere near what a pro-athlete does, and the costs associated with a DUI can be burdensome.

No one should drive while they are intoxicated, it’s dangerous, illegal and others could be hurt. But if you have the misfortune of being charged with a DUI, you have the right to challenge the charges against you. Perhaps, you were wrongfully charged or a breath test gave an inaccurate reading. Perhaps, you know you made a mistake, but can’t afford to have a DUI charge on your record.

Many aspects of your arrest, and your personal circumstances can have a bearing on the outcome of your DUI charges. Hiring a DUI attorney to build an aggressive defense for you is the most effective way of avoiding a conviction or getting a less severe penalty.