Altoona, PA- Running back for the Pittsburg Steelers, Le’Veon Bell was given 12 months of probation in connection to his DUI arrest from last year.

Bell agreed to enter into Pennsylvania’s diversionary program which requires extensive monitoring. As part of his participation in the program, Bell must attend drunk driving school, undergo a drug evaluation and lose his driver’s license for 6 months, CBS Philadelphia reported.

He may also face sanctions from the NFL which could include suspension.

If Bell successfully completes the diversionary program, he will have the charges dismissed and his record expunged, but diversionary programs can be very rigid and many people find it difficult to successfully complete the program. Before agreeing to a diversionary program for your Pennsylvania DUI, you need to speak with a DUI attorney so they explain how the program works and help you determine if you are a good candidate.

Bell was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of marijuana last August as he, teammate LeGarrette Blount, and a female passenger were traveling to the airport so the NFL players could catch a flight. When they stopped at a red light, a passing officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.

Bell initially denied having marijuana, but his blood-shot eyes gave the arresting officer cause to believe otherwise. The officer continued to press Bell, who finally admitted to smoking just moments prior to being pulled over and eventually admitting to having a bag of pot in the car.

At the time of his arrest, Bell told the officer he was not aware that driving under the influence of marijuana was against the law. According to WXIA, Bell told the officer, “I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I’m not high anymore. I’m perfectly fine. Why would I be getting high if I had to make it to my game?”

Blount was eventually charged with marijuana possession and Bell was charged with DUI. Blount had the possession charges dropped after he completed his community service by a specific deadline outlined by the courts.

For anyone who might be confused about the law, driving under the influence of any intoxicants whether alcohol, pot or prescription drugs is against the law. It doesn’t matter if you had a prescription or smoked just a little bit of weed before you got behind the wheel, if you are arrested for DUI you are going to face harsh penalties which can include jail, exorbitant fines and a permanent record.

Pennsylvania DUI laws can be complicated and the penalties can be harsh so you need a legal expert on your side. When you enlist a DUI attorney in Altoona, you can be confident that they will use their vast experience to keep you from being convicted of a DUI. They will consider all the evidence in your case and figure out the best approach for you to take so you can minimize the consequences a Pennsylvania DUI.