The star tight end for the University of Washington football team was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving in the University District over the weekend.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins was allegedly driving a vehicle with several passengers in it when he was pulled over late Saturday night, reports The Seattle Times. The details of the arrest were not given, however the football player likely exhibited some signs of drunk driving to prompt the stop such as erratic driving, speeding, or having trouble staying in his lane.
Because Seferian-Jenkins is still considered a minor under Washington drunk driving laws -- he is under the age of 21 -- he could be charged with a Minor DUI for a blood alcohol level as low as 0.02. (RCW 46.61.503). This can be as little as one beer for many individuals.
While the legal limit for drunk driving is 0.08, lawmakers set a much stricter standard for minors who are not supposed to drink in the first place.
UW football coach Steve Sarkisian indicated that Seferian-Jenkins will face internal discipline on top of any criminal charges the star football player may face. Given that many tab Seferian-Jenkins as a likely first-round pick next year in the NFL draft, the DUI could have extremely high consequences for the young man.
Seferian-Jenkins has already made a statement that he regrets his actions and takes full responsibility. Depending upon his blood alcohol level and the other circumstances of his arrest, the football player may be able to work out a favorable plea deal and avoid jail time.
If you find yourself in a similar situation to Seferian-Jenkins and face criminal charges for drunk driving, you will also want an attorney on your side advising you on your options and possible defenses.
A DUI conviction can have severe and lasting consequences. It is imperative that you have skilled legal representation. Contact the DUI defense attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense to get help with your case. Call 425-284-2000 to schedule a free consultation.