Stemming from the Dukes of Hazard hood slide incident, it seems like Will Campbell will plead to a blocking a sidewalk civil infraction in lieu of the minor in possession charge.
Will Campbell accepts Civil Infraction (Blocking Sidewalk) from hood slide incident
I mean, have you seen that guy? They could give him a blocking a sidewalk infraction just for standing there.
Big break for him. Hopefully he can focus in and have a great fall camp followed by an all-B1G senior year.
Never heard of "blocking a sidewalk" infraction before. Given his size, unless the sidewalk is more than 4 feet wide, I'm sure every time he sets foot on a sidewalk he's blocking it.
Hopefully that's the last legal trouble any Michigan player faces for the foreseeable future...
/finger to ear
Wait, what? He did?
I was thinking Uncle Jesse and Daisy might have to swing by the Ann Arbor pokey and break Bo, Luke, and Willie Campbell Duke outta there on Saturdays before game time. Oh well.
The MIP charge was changed to "blocking a sidewalk" because he "has turned 21 since the incident." Only for a high profile college football player does that happen.
I do know there is a certain amount of leniency when it comes to MIPs for people about to turn 21. Getting the charge changed altogether to something seemingly unrelated.... yeah, that's a bit strange.
Most people I knew who got MIPs, and got a lawyer, ended up pleaing it down and some community service. At least on a first offense. It's not unique to Will.
I know plenty of people who've had that happen--but changing it to a completely different charge? That's new to me.
My roommate's MIP, he was not an athlete, turned into disorderly conduct, a booze awareness class, and some community service. I've heard of others get the same deals. The MIP court date is pushed out and if you complete your community service and pay the courts their beloved money, the MIP court date just goes away. It's just held over you to make sure you do it. I assume what happened was Will's check for the damages to car just cleared and that is why the MIP magically turned into blocking the sidewalk. Remember he was in court before about the car and they didn't nail him with the MIP then. Likely they pushed the MIP back with the agreement that if he met certain milestones, no MIP.
A lot of the AA judges aren't huge fans of saddling the students with the baggage from a MIP. As long as they get the money they're happy.
Also if the cops determine you were at the bar on a fake, you normally get hit harder (actually there the MIP charges are better than the fake ID ones I think). If the cops find that you were just shotgunning beers at a friends, the courts go easier. At age 20 I puked all over a DPS officer. He searched me for a fake ID, didn't find one, and believed my story about how I was drinking at a friends. He made me drink a bottle of water and had a second officer take me home. Didn't write me up for anything since I think he felt bad for me.
...including their pick of the ladies. I've learned to live with it because no regular students with MIP's are on the front page of the paper or have their crime discussed by hundreds on blogs.
Comes great responsibility....
I suspect that this article didn't get the facts 100% straight as it doesn' t make much sense.
The changing of the offense is not at all unusual. I've been able to have speeding tickets reduced to "blockading traffic," which involves a fine but no points on your record.
95 in a 75 can easily become "Obstructing traffic" and an oddly large fine for such a minor infraction. As long as you're paying on your way out the door of course. So bring a credit card for the plea deal.
Got hit with a speeding ticket on 94 by Southfield Fwy when some guy in a big pick up had to go 90 in the left lane, and there was no where to get over in heavy traffic. So the speed trap guy pulls out, waits for me to get over in the first opening, and lets the truck go ever FASTER down the road, but since I'm closer (and will allow him to pass out another ticket faster) stops me. So I go to contest it, and they pull like half of us into another room saying if you just pay a reduced fine there will be no points and it will be invisible on your record as long as you don't get any more violations for a couple of years. It couldn't have been a more apparent cash grab.
I got a ticket in Texas once. As he was writing the ticket, the cop told me that if I just send $50 and a letter asking for something or other to the court, the ticket will be dropped.
It's totally about public safety, unless you can pay cash. It sucks because a lot of the freeways in Michigan tend to flow at 80 to 85 in the left lane. The State Troopers will ignore you, but the county units that appear every so often to collect revenue will always get you for that.
I-75 to the bridge on a Friday tends to flow at 85+. You pull out to pass a pair of semis, do under 85 and you have ten SUVs towing boats stack up on your ass and tailgate you. So you hit the gas, go around the corner, and hello Roscommon County sherrif. They hand you a prepared form where you can pay 170 dollars in the next five days and not get any points, while the cop is giving you a lecture on safety and how this for your own good.
That's a typo, right?