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Student Athletes need to be extra careful with San Diego DUIs and other criminal charges

by | Sep 16, 2014 | DUI Cases |

Junior college to PHD level college students need to be extra vigilant to steer clear of being accused of a San Diego DUI or other crime. This is even more a concern for student athletes. My firm has represented most area schools, from Palomar, to UCSD, to Point Loma, etc. We also have represented student athletes from the Pac 12 to the East Coast.

As a former Division 1 student athlete myself (football), there are a lot of eyes watching you and knowing you as a student athlete. If you get in trouble (lets say a fight in the dorms) the rumor would be some. “softball players got in a fight in the floor above us”. The school is knee jerk in punishing before the facts play themselves out. An individual then has to likely deal with the student council.

All of these are unintended consequences of actions.

The big impact is regarding probation. San Diego DUIs usually carry five years probation. If someone is a year or two into school they will likely be on probation when they are applying for a job post graduation. Being on probation is NOT a good fact to list on a resume.

Student Athletes work harder than most students. Their time management is already put to the test. Many crimes come with sanctions that include classes, picking up trash, custody time, etc. Student athletes also have some practical barriers. For example, I had a football player client who avoided jail but we secured the option to wear an ankle monitor instead of jail. This would be great for most people. However, he got his ankles taped everyday and could not have the device on him. Thankfully, we were able to get the court to wait until off season before it was implemented.

I have dealt with student athletes from all the local colleges. It is key to get the program behind you no matter the circumstance. This comes with being proactive and giving the program a realistic analysis of the facts.

A final point is this……remember your rights. Some coaches want you to plead guilty to accept punishment. You owe a duty to yourself first. Take in what coaches say but NEVER feel compelled to do something not in your best interest. When I was a prosecutor, I saw a player walk in and pleading guilty of a San Diego DUI on a case that if litigated would of received a wet reckless or better.

Student Athletes need to remember how hard they worked to be where they were. People all around them is playing intramural sports while they are getting school paid for to play a sport they love. Below is an article of a student athlete whose days at Miami may be numbered.



Miami Hurricanes quarterback Kevin Olsen was charged early Monday morning with driving under the influence and possessing a fake or stolen identification.

He was held on $6,000 bond, but according to ABC affiliate WPLG, Olsen posted bond and was released early Monday afternoon.


Olsen, 19, was called to an address in South Miami where police were investigating a previous battery incident, according to the police report obtained by a variety of media outlets. When he was interviewed by police, he appeared to be intoxicated and later failed a field sobriety test.

While searching his wallet officers found one fake identification card with an altered date of birth and one license under the name of teammate Ronald Regula, according to the incident report. Olsen had a total of five forms of identification from four different states.

He told police that two of the forms of identification he had on him were good but “the Maryland one is fake.”


He was later arrested and taken to the Coral Gables Police Department where he blew a .04 on two Breathalyzer tests and refused to provide a urine sample.

Olsen has been suspended indefinitely from the Miami football team as the school reviews the incident, UM athletic directorBlake James told reporters during the tail end of the Hurricanes’ practice.

“We’re aware of the situation regarding Kevin Olsen and have suspended him from all team activities pending further review of the situation and our analysis of the information,” James said. “We’ll have no further comment at this time.”

The arrest is the latest incident in a troubling college career for the quarterback, who was suspended for the Hurricanes’ first two games of the season. He was also suspended for last year’sRussell Athletic Bowl and before even arriving at Miami, Olsen was charged with leaving the scene of a single-car accident in his hometown of Wayne, N.J., in June 2013.

After practice, Miami coach Al Golden said he was “disappointed” by the news of Olsen’s most recent arrest, but added he was concerned for the quarterback’s well-being.

“What’s of paramount concern right is just his well-being and helping him through this,” Golden said. “I think our AD addressed everything else, but in terms of his well-being as a student-athlete and member of our team…just his well-being…again, disappointed from a team standpoint, but the team standpoint is secondary right now. That’s the biggest thing. Want to make sure that he’s getting the help that he needs and that he’s safe and his well-being is what we’re thinking about.”

Olsen, a redshirt freshman who has yet to play in a game for the Hurricanes, was elevated to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart this past spring after projected starter Williams tore his ACL in April. He was expected to be among the players competing for Miami’s starting quarterback job with freshman Brad Kaaya and Kansas transfer Jake Heaps before Kaaya won the job and Heaps took over as Miami’s No. 2 quarterback.

Golden has said he was hoping to redshirt freshman quarterback Malik Rosier and Monday, he said he still expects that to be the case, especially with Williams now cleared to return to action.

” has been cleared for the last two weeks to progress as he can. He looked good out there today, took some reps with the ones and twos. That was positive,” Golden said.

Golden declined to answer whether he expected Williams to play at Nebraska, saying there are still things the quarterback has to feel comfortable doing.

“It’s Monday and there has been no helmets, no pads. We’ll watch the tape and see where he’s at,” Golden said. “Just the ability to evade without premeditation, just instinctively protect himself and go through all the movements.”

Hire a Proactive, affordable, and quality defense when you are facing San Diego DUI charges. Whether you have been charged of a San Diego DUI, Poway DUI, La Mesa DUI, Santee DUI, Mission Valley DUI, Clairemont DUI, Point Loma DUI, La Jolla DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Mira Mesa DUI, Pacific Beach DUI, Del Mar DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Encinitas DUI, Oceanside DUI, Ocean Beach DUI, Escondido DUI, Vista DUI, San Marcos DUI, Carlsbad DUI, El Cajon DUI it is vital you need to hire an attorney who knows how to defend your rights and can determine if the government can prove their case. Contact the Law Office of Mark Deniz now for a free case evaluation at 858-751-4384 or send an email to [email protected]

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