I talked with Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s attorney, Ivan Golde, this afternoon.
According to Golde, Lynch’s blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.08, right on the number of the California legal limit, during a preliminary alcohol screening test when he was pulled over in Emeryville, Calif., on Saturday morning at 3:40 a.m. Golde said the police officer at the scene administered a breathalyzer test.
Golde said Lynch was retested at the jail about an hour later. He took another breathalyzer test there, and his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.10 Gold said he will argue that Lynch's blood-alcohol content rose after the arrest, which points to the fact it was not above the legal limit while he was driving.
Golde said that Lynch does not have to be present at his Aug. 14 arraignment, and it’s likely that the case will not be resolved until after the 2012 season, unless the Alameda County district attorney’s office drops the charges.
Golde went on to say that he does not expect Lynch’s season to be affected by the ongoing case. Further, he does not expect Lynch to be suspended for any amount of time this season unless he’s convicted.
The incident is Lynch’s first DUI offense, and typically NFL commissioner Roger Goodell does not suspend first-time offenders under the league’s substance abuse program. “The reason they have to charge him with this is they can’t make the appearance they are giving a celebrity or an athlete preferential treatment,” Golde said.
Golde talked with Jim Moore and Steve Sandmeyer of ESPN 710 Seattle about the case. And you can listen to the interview here. The conversation begins about 35 minutes in.
I also obtained a copy of the charging documents from the district attorney’s office. There’s not much to look at, but you can check it out here.