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Former NFL star serves 1 day in jail for DUI

Football fans in South Carolina may remember Donovan McNabb for the headlines he made during his 13-year NFL career, but the former quarterback was recently in the news for a different reason. McNabb was released from an Arizona jail on April 17 after serving one day behind bars. The retired athlete had previously entered a guilty plea to drunk-driving charges stemming from a citation he received last year.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, police clocked a Range Rover driven by McNabb at 81 mph on a stretch of State Route 101 with a posted speed limit of 65 mph. Police subsequently cited McNabb for speeding and charged him with misdemeanor DUI. The incident took place east of Phoenix, on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Police did not state McNabb's blood alcohol content level at the time of the traffic stop.

McNabb entered a guilty plea at a March 27 hearing, and a West Mesa Justice Court judge sentenced him to 10 days in jail. However, nine days of his sentence were suspended. McNabb turned himself into authorities to serve his single day in jail on April 16.

McNabb played quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings before retiring in 2011. He currently works as the co-host of a sports show on a Phoenix-area radio station.

While some people believe that the criminal justice system treats wealthy or famous individuals with leniency, favorable outcomes involving well-known defendants are often the result of efforts made by their criminal defense attorneys. The evidence that prosecutors rely upon to build a DUI case is sometimes unreliable, and a defense attorney may question its validity. Moreover, defense attorneys may negotiate with prosecutors to reduce charges and mitigate penalties in exchange for their clients' guilty pleas. This is known as a plea bargain, and it is often the most advantageous option for all parties.

Source: USA Today, "Donovan McNabb serves day in Ariz. jail for 2013 DUI arrest", April 17, 2014

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