Marshawn Lynch takes plea deal in Las Vegas DUI case

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Marshawn Lynch will avoid jail time for his DUI charge after taking a plea deal, according to reports.

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The charge will be lowered to reckless driving if the former NFL running back completes DUI school, a victim impact panel, an alcohol evaluation, 200 hours of community service, and stays out of trouble for a year. He also must pay a $1,140 fine.

Lynch avoids a trial, which was set to start today.

“Mr. Lynch has not been convicted of any offense at his time,” his attorneys, Richard Schonfeld and David Chesnoff told KLAS 8 News Now. “He has agreed to complete certain requirements which will result in this case being closed as a reckless driving traffic offense.”

Lynch was originally charged with a misdemeanor DUI when police said they found him asleep at the wheel of his car on the Las Vegas Strip. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, according to prosecutors.

The 37-year-old Lynch hasn’t played in the NFL since 2019. He spent most of his 12-year professional career with the Seattle Seahawks — winning Super Bowl XLVIII — in addition to stints with the Buffalo Bills and Las Vegas Raiders after a brief retirement.

The five-time Pro Bowler is one of only 31 players to rush for more than 10,000 yards in a career. Lynch was a five-time Pro Bowler and was the NFL’s rushing touchdowns leader in 2013 and 2014.

Since hanging up his cleats, he played a teacher in the movie Bottoms and owns a cannabis brand in the Bay Area, which supports and contributes proceeds to The Last Prisoner Project, aimed at drug reform.

In 2008, he pled guilty to a hit-and-run charge, when he struck a woman in the street with his car. He was also arrested in 2012 for a DUI. That case was settled in 2014 with a guilty plea from Lynch for reckless driving.

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