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Guilty plea gets college athlete probation, community service

A tailback for Louisiana State University has been suspended from the team after getting into legal trouble. According to reports, the man was accused of simple battery after being involved in an altercation with another individual. A cell phone video released by the Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office showed the defendant punching the man on the side of the head. The man pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges associated with this case.

This is not the first time the athlete pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, though. According to reports, this is the second time in less than two years - this will likely play into his future court proceedings. Records show the athlete was charged with misdemeanor carnal knowledge in December 2010 while he was still in high school. He received one year of probation after pleading guilty in January 2012. It is possible the judge who ordered the probation will increase the restrictions on him or sentence him to jail.

But for now, the man has not been sentenced to jail, though he could have been. Instead, the judge gave him 50 hours of community service and two years of supervised probation. In addition, he was ordered to attend anger management classes, to write a letter of apology to his probation officer and was told he cannot make any comment to the media about the case. He will also be barred from communicating with the victim and must pay half of the man's medical expenses. Many people watching the events play out believe the athlete will miss at least a portion of the 2013 football season.

If you have been accused of a misdemeanor, now is the time to speak to an attorney. Discussing your case and the charges made against you with a lawyer may give you the ability to better defend yourself in court.

Source: USA Today, "LSU's Hill pleads guilty to misdemeanor battery" Glenn Guilbeau, Jul. 12, 2013

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