Steeler’s Player Waives Preliminary Hearing in Drug DUI Case

Life is all about making choices. Everyone, no matter who they are, has made a wrong choice at one time or another. Anyone can make a mistake and change their life for the better by learning from the experience.

This is the case for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. Recently, Bell chose to waive his right to a preliminary hearing after being charged with marijuana possession DUI charges earlier this year.

According to officials, Bell, 22, and teammate, LeGarrette Blount, 27, were placed under arrest on August 20th of this year when a motorcycle officer indicated he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle they were in.

Bell appeared with his agent and attorneys in court to face the charges of both DUI and possession of an illegal substance. Bell waived his right to the preliminary hearing.

The judge ordered Gateway Rehabilitation to conduct a drug and alcohol interview and to determine a possible treatment plan for Bell. This order could be satisfied by the NFL’s own treatment plan.

According to his attorneys, Bell will be admitted to the ARD program, a program for first time offenders of non-violent crime. If Bell is accepted and completes the requirements and conditions of the program, he will get a year of probation and other requirements outlined for first time offenders.

It is always good to remember that a charge of DUI does not necessarily mean you have to plead guilty to the charge. There could be circumstances that could get your charges reduced or even dismissed.

Attorney Steven E. Kellis knows the law surrounding DUI cases. He has over 20 years of experience in successfully arguing for his DUI clients. Mr. Kellis has both worked as a prosecutor and as a defender, so he knows better than almost any other attorney in the field about how the law works and how to make it work for his clients. Contact him with the details of your case today.