Indianapolis Colts’ linebacker Andrew Jackson may have made two big mistakes Friday. First, when he was arrested for DUI, the second when he plead guilty later in the day. Jackson was already on court supervision for another DUI from earlier in the year in Muncie. That supervision required that he not violate any laws for one full year. By pleading guilty to the new case, Jackson cannot argue that he did not commit a new offense. I am surprised that Jackson would plead guilty so fast, especially when the new case seems borderline at best. From the Indianapolis Star:
Bowling Green police said Jackson was arrested at 4:15 a.m. Friday, after an officer observed his car “swirling from side to side,” while traveling west on University Boulevard. The officer said that when he stopped the vehicle, Jackson had the “odor of alcohol” on his person and coming from his vehicle and the officer said he had “bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech.” Jackson was given a field-sobriety test, arrested and then transported to Warren County Regional Jail, where he was given a breath test and recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.088, above the limit of 0.08 at which a person is considered to be driving drunk.
Jackson, 22, Carmel, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and reckless driving Friday in Warren District Court in Bowling Green, Ky., and was sentenced to 14 days of home incarceration and participation in an alcohol and drug education program. His driver’s license also was suspended for a year in Kentucky and Florida, his home state.
With a BAC just barely over 0.088, and a violation of sentence looming over him, Jackson would have been better served to have consulted with an attorney and considered his options if he took the case to trial. Even if he was going to plead to the new case, he should have had a discussion with his counsel about the consequences of the plea on the old case.