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MSU basketball player pleads guilty to reduced misdemeanor charge

When someone faces criminal charges, even misdemeanor charges, they could face harsh penalties. They could face time behind bars, hefty fines and could lose their driver's license for a period of time. In addition, a person's reputation could suffer, making it difficult to even find a job. However, with the right legal help, a person could face reduced charges and less severe penalties.

A Michigan State University basketball player landed in trouble with the law after a traffic stop on April 3. The 21-year-old basketball player faced a misdemeanor charge of operating under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Recently, however, the 21 year old pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of impaired driving. The second charge was dismissed.

The basketball player was suspended indefinitely from the MSU basketball team. However, the coach announced that he will be allowed to stay on the team. The 21 year old will learn what other penalties he might face at a sentencing hearing in May.

In some criminal cases, a defense attorney may be more interested in securing reduced penalties than proving an individual's innocence. Although the basketball player in this specific case does not know what kind of penalties he will face, they will likely be less severe.

This case shows how important a strong legal defense can be. When someone faces criminal charges of any kind, it is often beneficial to begin working with a criminal defense attorney early on in the process. An attorney can negotiate with prosecutors while protecting an individual's rights throughout the entire process.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "MSU's Derrick Nix pleads guilty, will remain on team," April 12, 2012

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