Thirteen football players were relieved to learn that the criminal charges against them would be reduced and could possibly be dropped. Each of the University of Louisiana players had a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor. The charges were lowered to criminal mischief from conspiracy to commit felony theft. The players have agreed to enter a pre-trial diversion program.
If they all complete the program, the new charges against them may be dropped. Their arrests stem from allegations that they all participated in removing the possessions of a former player from his room. That player had been kicked off of the team and arrested on second-degree rape charges.
The men stand accused of stealing $2,400 worth of items from the former player just after he was taken to jail. The items included a television, a gaming system, games for the system, jewelry, brand-name clothes and other small items. The alleged theft was reported by the victim's mother.
The program that the men have agreed to enter includes the completion of community service. In some cases, a person accused of a felony may have his charges reduced with contingencies such as this. In other cases, a person may be able to serve his or her time on probation instead of in jail.
Anyone who has been arrested on a felony charge has the right to consult with a criminal defense attorney just as these University of Louisiana players did. This lawyer can help build the best defense possible for the case, and in some circumstances, he or she may be able to get the charges dropped to a misdemeanor or dismissed altogether. Contacting a criminal defense lawyer could be the best strategy for those facing similar situations.
Source: wwltv.com, "Felony charges against 13 UL football players reduced, may be dropped", June 2, 2017