From rock and roll’s Boss to a perennial all-star baseball player to a top-tier football running back. From New Jersey to Florida to Colorado.
Any regular reader of our criminal defense blogs at the proven Denver law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates might notice a recurring two-fold theme among a number of recent entries.
That is this: Motorists’ DUI interactions with police officers routinely occur in all locales spanning the country, and they often feature high-profile individuals from varied walks of life.
All the above-cited individuals are certified celebrities in their respective professions. And blogs like ours frequently make a point of spotlighting celebrity DUI stories for their instructive value.
Today’s post is a close-to-home story for Colorado readers involving Denver Bronco player Melvin Gordon. Like most individuals ensnared in problematic behind-the-wheel encounters alleging alcohol use, Gordon does not have a troubled criminal past. From all appearances, his recent scrape with Denver police officers was an isolated and one-off event.
And Gordon has apologized profusely for it, candidly admitting to having a “little bit” of alcohol the night he was pulled over last October. He issued a public statement in the wake of his arrest stressing that, “Obviously I try to do my best to walk a straight line and lead by example.”
It merits noting that there were reportedly material “evidentiary concerns” in Gordon’s case that led to the complete dismissal of the two DUI charges against him. Gordon was instead charged with reckless driving and speeding. He must additionally perform 12 hours of community service and pay a relatively small fine.
The case is notable beyond its mere celebrity nature. It also underscores that criminal charges filed in a DUI matter are far from being automatically imposed.
Questions or concerns regarding any aspect of a DUI arrest/charge can be directed to an experienced Colorado criminal defense team.