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Ravens player arrested on DUI charge; Collateral Consequences of DUI

By AP

Ravens rookie Sergio Kindle's troubled first season took another hit Sunday morning when he was arrested and charged with drunken driving in Howard County, an incident the player called a "mistake."

According to court records and police, Kindle, 23, was pulled over at 4:09 a.m. after an officer observed his vehicle weaving as he drove northbound on Route 1 near Route 32 in Savage.

The former University of Texas star, who was driving a vehicle with Texas plates, was ticketed for speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to obey traffic control devices.

Sherry Llewellyn, a Howard County police spokeswoman, said Kindle was arrested without incident. Records show he was taken into custody and released after posting $10,000 bond.

Reached Sunday night, Kindle said he was driving home with friends, one of whom had to catch an early flight. He said he had informed one of the team's security personnel about the arrest, and apologized to the team.

"I just want to apologize to the organization, because I don't want to bring a negative light to the team," he said. "It was my mistake. I can't take it back now. I don't know what's going to happen from here."

There can be severe collateral consequences that most of us ignore when thinking about a DUI. In the case of Sergio Kindle, he will most likely receive a suspended driver's license, be placed on probation for 6-12 months, undergo drug and alcohol treatment, complete an alcohol/highway safety course, pay fines and costs in excess of $1,000 and, in his case, he may also face additional work-related penalties, such as additional fines and possible game suspension by the NFL.

It is crucial to obtain legal advice by an experienced DUI attorney , such as Attorney Elisabeth Pasqualini, as soon as possible. Call Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC for a free phone consultation regarding your case at 1-866-765-0706. Or log onto www.shafferengle.com for additional information about your case.

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