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Michigan football player faces felony and misdemeanor charges

Although police may think they know the facts in a case, there are instances in which their initial findings are wrong.

A University of Michigan football player is facing felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an April 7 incident in which police claim he slid across the hood of a car. Authorities say he was intoxicated and intentionally jumped onto the car, causing thousands of dollars of damage. He was charged with malicious destruction of personal property.

The football player's attorney, however, says police have the story wrong. He says the football player tripped on a curb and landed on the vehicle.

The player could face five years in prison and be fined $10,000 if he is convicted on the felony charge. He could face a year in prison and be fined $2,000 for the misdemeanor charge.

His attorney is confident that the football player will not be found guilty once the facts in the case are presented in court. He further pointed out that the football player has never been in trouble with the law before.

The football player also faced a misdemeanor charge for being a minor in possession of alcohol. His attorney, however, says that charge has been reduced to a civil infraction.

Despite his current legal problems, the football player remains a member of the University of Michigan football team.

The player in this case has a great deal at stake. In addition to the potential of being cut from the football team, a felony or misdemeanor conviction could make it difficult for him to find future employment or a place to live.

In these situations, it is best to rely on the expertise of a criminal defense attorney who will work hard to defend an individual against the charges.

Source: The Washington Post, "Michigan defensive lineman Will Campbell arraigned on misdemeanor, felony vandalism charges," Associated Press, May 31, 2012

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