There is no question that many Texans often head out for a night on the town to enjoy a nice dinner, get drinks and spend time with loved ones. Somewhat shockingly, such a night can take a quick turn when accusations are thrown about and authorities become involved. This may have been precisely the experience one player for the National Football League had recently when he was frequenting a bar on a weekend evening.

According to reports, the NFL player was turned away from entry into a bar, because he had allegedly consumed too much to drink and as such became upset. The 23-year-old then apparently ran away after a police officer attempted to arrest him. He was eventually caught and now faces charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The consequences stemming for any arrest can be substantially serious. Not only is the potential for large fines and jail time involved, but also serious damage to one’s reputation. For this NFL player, the latter could not be more true. Whether the story circulating the media at this time is accurate, there is no question that his fan base, the community and his team have read the reports. Such accusations could cause serious trouble for him down the road.

This is why it is so important to be aware of one’s rights and obtain the adequate representation in such instances in order to minimize consequences and clear one’s name. A proper criminal defense will point out weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, bring forth helpful witnesses and keep out irrelevant evidence. Such an effort can mean the difference between substantial long-term consequences and a reduced charge or even dropped charges altogether.

Source: Huffington Post, “John Boyett Arrested: Indianapolis Colts Safety Faces Three Charges,” Sept. 1, 2013.