Grady Pleads not guilty
That the first step was to refuse the breathalyzer... But I have no idea how that works or if they could later order a blood test...
(I have never been in that situation and I would gladly pay a 100 dollar cab fare to avoid the remotest possibility)
my brother-in-law, I know that refusing the breathalyzer just results in the police getting a court ordered blood draw, usually with 30 minutes of an arrest for refusal of the breathalyzer.
Not guilty plea forces DA to go through with court proceedures, which causes the DA's office to spend time on getting the case to trial, which makes the DA look into a plea deal.
There are all kinds of valuable information to be gleaned from reading this blog.
I agree. By accepting a scholarship to play football at the University of Michigan Kevin Grady forfeited his rights as described in the Constitution. Seriously, it's worth it. Since Grady has plead 'not guilty' and brought further shame to the University with all this legal wrangling, he should be sumarily thrown off the team. Once RR gets fired Grady and he and talk it up with all the lawyers they want. Grady should come clean and swear off all the legal protections due him as a citizen of the United States because he is now a Michigan Man!
See you guys are looking at all of this all wrong. Go drive by a law school and you'll really start to see things differently. I know I was skeptical at first but then after a rousing game of ping pong the Boren's threw me in their car and drove me by the law quad! Now I see things like a real Michigan Man.
If I knew I was around .08, I'd rather have a suspended license for a year than a DUI conviction. That said, I just don't drink and drive and completely avoid the issue. But you're right, there is no quick and dirty answer to whether to refuse or not. Things you want to avoid (obviously drinking and driving is #1):
1. Failing a field sobriety test on video.
2. Refusing BOTH breath and blood. That violates implied consent, but you can always offer to allow blood but refuse breath. If you're 30 minutes away from a station and know you're borderline, this could bail you out.
3. Don't drink and drive.
Did you even read the previous comments in this thread? That everybody pleads not guilty at first? That this is the normal process for agreeing to a plea bargain in a few weeks? That this will never get to trial?
Please get your panties out of a twist. Do I know why he chose to enter not guilty over just accepting guilt? No, I'm waiting to see the piece on his reasoning, so its understandable that i didnt take your words as facts and said i didnt know. Your explanation of a plea bargain didnt fully answer the question.
As far as im concerend PLENTY of athletes do not plead 'not guilty'.
Since it is such standard procedure, why does the tennesee kicker chose to plead guilty? http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3476814
There are many other examples of athletes just accepting the guilt. And still, it is my opinion, that it seems flimsy to me, even if this is the standard procedure to lower your sentencing.
"And still, it is my opinion, that it seems flimsy to me, even if this is the standard procedure to lower your sentencing. "
Wait, are you arguing he should NOT be trying to lower his sentence (it will be probation and community service anyway)? If you have two choices, say "guilty" and seal off your options, or say "not guilty" and retain your options plus the outcomes are better on average (may cost more, but that's why people do cost-benefit and/or decision trees), you would choose to say "guilty"? Damn we need to remove people like you from being U of M fans.
nice job glossing over my question as to why some athletes chose to plead guilty.
I assume that you must have loved the rich rod paying WVU fiasco too, because rich left his options open by denying he had to pay, that seems to be the right way to handle everything.
Just because the media blows something up does not mean it's actually a big deal. Seems to me like Bill Martin and MSC had their fingers right on the pulse of the situation.
Also, find me more than ONE example of an athlete pleading guilty. And then make sure all of those are the initial pleas. I'm sure an actual lawyer can explain this better, but initial pleas upon arraignment are not necessarily set in stone.
Edit: I just looked. Britton was arrested initially in February. He just pleaded on July 7th. Therefore, he evaluated his option for 5 months before pleading. Grady has had like a week. Goddamn dude, employ some critical thought and effort before you start typing next time.
I glossed over your reply because this:
"As far as im concerend PLENTY of athletes do not plead 'not guilty'"
pretty much convinced me that you are a moron.
Also, it's totally irrelevant what others do. As it's been pointed out in this thread, and as I'm sure you didn't read/understand, it is his right to plead whatever the fuck he wants. Why do you think Kevin Grady owes you a guilty plea? Do you really think he's going to take this all the way through a trial and go for an innocent verdict? You can't possibly be that stupid, can you?
How in the world do you post "<strong>I don't know the details</strong> of his reasoning" and then proceed to try and judge him based on the plea? You fucking said in your post that you don't know.