Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested and charged with DUI in July 2012 and the case has been winding its way through the legal process since then.
That road will end on Friday. Lynch’s attorney Ivan Golde said that his client will plead guilty to a lesser charge of alcohol-related reckless driving, sometimes called a wet reckless, in Oakland to bring the entire case to an end. Golde said he believed that Lynch could win the case, but cited Lynch’s distaste for the media spotlight as an incentive to avoid going to trial.
“We are resolving the case Friday by pleading to a wet reckless,” Golde said, via ESPN.com. “We have a strong case for trial and could win the case, but the last thing he needs is to go through a public trial. He’s a Super Bowl champion and he has endorsements pending. For a guy in his position, it just doesn’t make any sense to go through a public trial. He has a lot at stake here. You know Marshawn. He’s not a media guy. It wouldn’t have been good for him to go through all that.”
Lynch is expected to receive two years probation and will have to attend six classes on driving safety and alcohol consumption in addition to a fine as a result of the plea bargain.