Muhammad Wilkerson rejects plea deal for DWI

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Free agent defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is willing to wait for his day in court.

According to the New York Daily News, Wilkerson rejected a plea deal for his June DWI, which would have cost him a $500 fine, a 90-day suspension of his license and required attending an impaired driver program.

His attorney, Alex Spiro, said the offer was “telling” while turning it down. Wilkerson’s court date will be Sept. 3.

He was stopped on June 1 after rolling his Rolls Royce through a stop sign, and a breathalyzer test registered .09, just over the legal limit of .08 blood alcohol content. He told police he “had a shot and two beers” at the time.

Wilkerson’s still looking for work, after spending last year with the Packers. His season ended prematurely, as he broke his ankle in Week Three.

17 responses to “Muhammad Wilkerson rejects plea deal for DWI

  1. To me it depends on how he rolled through the stop sign. If he did a rolling stop and no one was around at night, well I have one that but not after having a few. I would let it slide if he doesn’t have priors. Two beers and a shot will put most people over the .10.

  2. The only thing that is “telling” is how bad of a lawyer he has. Take the slap on the wrist and continue your NFL career.

  3. Why should he agree to anything? He’s wealthy and justice can be bought in America’s legal system. He will end up with a far less sentence than the average person.

  4. Muhammad Wilkerson weighs 315 lbs. Even if he had a shot and two beers within 30 min his blood alcohol level would be 0.04 at most.

    .09 would be 8 drinks within an hour for him or 12 drinks in 4 hours.

    Zero chance going to court benefits him unless they can prove that the officer did something illegal during the stop.

  5. .09 is close. Lots of states make a .08 and .09 expunged from your record after a few years. Maybe where he was doesnt. Im sure he is fighting this on his lawyers advice.

  6. there is a different legal system for the rich in this country.his lawyer will claim machine malfunction and win.

  7. BuckyBadger says:
    July 9, 2019 at 6:46 am

    To me it depends on how he rolled through the stop sign. If he did a rolling stop and no one was around at night, well I have one that but not after having a few. I would let it slide if he doesn’t have priors. Two beers and a shot will put most people over the .10.
    __________

    This is the perfect response for someone from Wisconsin. The issue isn’t about the rolling stop, dude. If you’re over the legal limit, you’re over the legal limit. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, or accept the plea deal.

  8. As a public defender, if the state is offering you something much lower than you anticipate when taking on a case, it can be telling that there is an issue with their officer, their evidence, the stop, the seizure, etc. In Wilkerson’s case, his lawyer could be challenging the stop, and if successful, the DUI would go away completely because the stop could be found to be illegal. Secondly, if the stop is found to be legal, his lawyer will likely challenge the findings of the the breathalyzer. Are there multiple tests? An officer should know that when someone blows that close to the .08 limit, that they should do it again to make sure it’s accurate. Also, most of it is probably caught on body camera, so maybe Wilkerson’s statements that he “had a shot and two beers” is maybe inaccurate, or false.

    There are lots of things people can challenge in court, and you don’t need a high-priced attorney to do it. Good public defenders know their way around the courthouse, especially in Wisconsin (where I live, as a Raiders fan) where there are a lot of DUI cases in every county.

  9. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    July 9, 2019 at 10:58 am
    This is the perfect response for someone from Wisconsin. The issue isn’t about the rolling stop, dude. If you’re over the legal limit, you’re over the legal limit. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, or accept the plea deal.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    This is the perfect response for an arrogant and holier-than-thou Viking fan, a team with more arrests than any other.

  10. .08 is arbitrary. I know a man who was pulled over after 23 drinks and the police didn’t know he was drunk. Another guy had 1 beer and was staggering. Everyone is different.

  11. As noted by the public defender above, I’d be surprised if the blood alcohol level is the issue here, as it is much more difficult to dispute that scientific measurement than it is to dispute the legal validity of the stop by the cop. The BAC level is what it is, and usually only comes into play in either the plea process or determining if the level is high enough to be aggravated — which isn’t the case here. If there are witnesses or video contesting that he stopped versus rolling through a stop sign, that’s where they will make their hay. Then again, WI prosecutors have about more experience with DUI’s than prosecutors in most every other state, so a trial is a real crapshoot.

  12. To the highly thought of Viking trolls here (except purpleguy – who is knowledgeable).

    1). Wilkerson isn’t a Packer.
    2). He was nailed in New York.

    Carry on with your mindless banter.

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