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TCU Quarterback in Drug and Alcohol Rehab

After his October 4th arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI), TCU quarterback Casey Pachall was suspended indefinitely from the team. Five days later, head coach Gary Patterson announced that Pachall would leave school for the rest of the fall semester and enter into an inpatient treatment facility. While the details of Pachall's stay were not publicly disclosed, Patterson explained that most treatment stays range between 30 and 60 days. He also indicated that Pachall could be reinstated if he completes his treatment program.

Pachall was arrested after a Fort Worth police officer saw him run a stop sign and strike a curb. A breathalyzer test revealed that Pachall's BAC was slightly above the legal limit of .08. This was Pachall's second brush with the law after he tested positive for marijuana in February 2012, and failed a team administered drug test.

Pachall's story is an important reminder of the legal issues that can come about as a result of a DUI arrest, as well as the non-legal consequences that can befall college students. Pachall (and college students in general) risk losing scholarships, can face suspension from school and be dismissed from athletic programs as a result of substance abuse convictions. One way to avoid these consequences is to take responsibility (before the authorities do) and seek treatment.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights and options in defending criminal charges, whether they are alcohol related (e.g. minor in possession, driving while alcohol intoxicated), involve illicit drugs (e.g. marijuana, bath salts, methamphetamines) or involve domestic abuse.

Sources:, "Casey Pachall to Enter Rehab, Leaving TCU Following Arrest," October 9, 2012; "TCU QB Pachall arrested for DUI," October 4, 2012

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