BasketballOn May 10, police in Scottsdale, Arizona, arrested a basketball player for the Phoenix Suns, P.J. Tucker, on suspicion of DUI. According to authorities, the basketball player’s blood alcohol percentage tested at 0.201 during an on-site breathalyzer evaluation. Blood tests, which were performed on the player in jail, later revealed his blood alcohol content to be 0.222 percent. Both these percentages are more than double the legal limit of 0.08 in Arizona.

Charge Could Result in Jail Time

If an individual tests positive for blood alcohol content above 0.20 percent in the state of Arizona, the DUI charge can qualify as Super Extreme DUI. Stiffer punishments are associated with Super Extreme DUI -- such as a minimum sentence of 45 days in jail. As a result, if P.J. Tucker is actually convicted of this crime, it could serve to interrupt his basketball career.

However, even though the player could spend time in jail, just last week, he signed a $16.5 million employment contract with the Phoenix Suns. The Suns knew about the DUI charges prior to inking the deal. It appears that the team decided to bring him back on board after he scored an average of 9.4 points per game last season. That said, it is quite possible that the pending criminal charges served to decrease the player's bargaining edge during his salary and contract negotiations.

The Consequences of a DUI Arrest Can Be Catastrophic

Any time an individual accused of DUI can sidestep catastrophic professional consequences, it should be viewed a success. Numerous public officials, police officers and other types of employees have lost their jobs and had their careers destroyed after a simple DUI arrest, even prior to being convicted of the crime.

Positive results may also be achievable during one’s criminal defense against the DUI charges. In this case, for example, P.J. Tucker’s defense attorneys may try to get the blood test and breathalyzer test results thrown out of court, which could serve to invalidate the Super Extreme DUI allegations. The player might also try to reach a plea deal with the prosecution, in which he pleads guilty to a lesser charge of DUI in exchange of getting the Super Extreme DUI charge dropped or dismissed.

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