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What to expect in Mike Williams' case



Bucs receiver Mike Williams joined running back LeGarrette Blount on the Sporting News all-rookie team released today. But Williams is probably more concerned that he has a positive outcome from his DUI arrest in November.

Williams was arrested on November 19 for allegedy driving under the influence. His blood-alcohol content was found to be .061, below the legal limit in Florida. But Williams was arrested on the basis of what was deemed a failed field-sobriety test. The case is still pending in Hillsborough County, with a status hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

So, what now?

The results of a urine test administered after his arrest are still pending. That test would determine his alcohol level and any other potential illegal substances that could impair a driver. If the test comes back clean, as Williams has vowed it will, there's a very good possibility the case will be either dismissed or the charge will be dropped. But the timeline remains unclear because such tests can take roughly four months to process for minor charges such as DUIs (cases involving serious offenses like rape and murder get priority).

But the bottom line here is this: If everything is as it appears -- Williams took an independent urine test after his arrest and the team said no illegal substances were found -- there's a good chance Williams will walk away from this unscathed and vindicated.

Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 5:43pm]


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