Dennard due in court for probation violation, DUI sentencing

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On the same day Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will found out whether he’ll face criminal charges (there’s possibly a confidential settlement agreement somewhere that guarantees he won’t), Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will learn the consequences of his recent probation violation.

Unless he doesn’t.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Dennard faces a Nebraska judge at 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday for sentencing in connection with the admitted violation, arising from a DUI that occurred when he was on probation following a conviction for assaulting a police officer in April 2012.  On Friday, Dennard faces sentencing on the underlying DUI charge.

Dennard’s lawyer has asked the judge to delay the sentencing until after the football season ends.  If the judge denies the motion and imposes a sentence of jail time, Dennard could be put behind bars immediately.

While the result would be jarring, it shouldn’t be surprising.  Probation is, literally, a get out of jail free card.  Failure to comply with the terms of probation suggests that the defendant hasn’t gotten the message.

The judge could decide to send a loud and clear message to Dennard on Thursday.

15 responses to “Dennard due in court for probation violation, DUI sentencing

  1. How can a judge set aside their decision until after the football season when our justice system is built on the notion of it being fair and blind. That means that outside influences, such as what a person does for a living, shouldn’t have any impact on the disposition of the court.
    It would be just as wrong for a judge to hold a football player to a tougher standard “to send a message.”
    Let the rule of law speak for itself and keep our games out of it.

  2. Wasn’t there something shady about this case, or the DUI? If I recall didn’t the breathalyzer show he wasn’t actually intoxicated but they arrested him anyway? Someone want to chime in?

  3. I’m no lawyer but I’m pretty sure any confidential settlement agreement between Winston and his accuser, as you imply there may be, wouldn’t get him out of any legal prosecution…

  4. “Dennard faces a Nebraska judge at 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday for sentencing in connection with the admitted violation, arising from a DUI that occurred when he was on probation…”

    For the record, it was not a DUI. It was a suspicion of DUI with no facts to back it up beyond he drifted over the solid line.

    Big difference.

  5. @accipiterq

    He was arrested in the same Nebraska town as the previous incident for drifting over the solid line. He was administered two breathalyzers, but then was taken in for suspicion of DUI and refusing to submit to a breathalyzer, though he has already blown twice.

    He’s pleaded not guilty and there are concerns of targeting him due to his previous offense

  6. The judge may see value in agreeing Denard’s attorney’s motion for continuance. That would let Dennard complete his community service, allow for a more complete report from his probation, and provide the results of a greater number of random tests for controlled substances, steroids and alcohol. Denying the continuance would be purely punitive. Better to see a guy working, at his craft and to better himself than behind bars.

  7. Dennard isn’t looking to get off scot free. He’s looking to salvage his job/future. He has completed about two thirds of his community service. Meets regularly with his probation officer in Mass. has participated in weekly counseling sessions and has been subject to random tests at work at least weekly since August and all tests have come back free of any controlled substance including booze. There are a lot worse than him that have been caught and are still walking the streets. Just watch your local news.

  8. If any of us regular folks get nailed for doing something wrong, we would pay the price. Regular folks always pay the price. How is it that Banksters, politicians (who even get re-elected) and pro-sports stars seem to get off with a pass? Pretty much always.

  9. surfinbird1 said exactly what I wanted to write. He has passed every test since his “arrest” and there is no reason to lock him up at the present time. The arrest as been documented is sketchy and hopefully Dennard will not be back in that Nebraska town anytime in the near future.

  10. You guys crack me up…this guys “arrest” is sketchy??? He was convicted, you realize that a Police Sgt reviewed the case, gave it to a DA who reviewed the case and had to turn all evidence and audio over to a defense attorney who reviewed the case and filed motions, and the a judge sat and listened to the case with a jury of his peers (citizens) who then convicted him and he got probation that he can’t seem to follow. And FYI just because you refuse a breathalyzer doesn’t mean your not drunk, it just means your gaming the system and there are laws for that, called “Implied Consent”.

  11. The thought police killed another post that questioned Mike’s opinion. You just make him look foolish when you play that game. I assume its an internal issue in trying to make him look good for the suits because none of the posters would care.

  12. @rickc402

    He was convicted in the “assault” on a police officer. That’s where his probabtion came from. He was never convicted of the DUI.

    He also took two breathalyzers at the scene. The ruling reflects all this as well.

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