Prosecutors in Texas have dropped drunk driving and weapons charges against the NFL player Ed Oliver. The defensive end was arrested after he allegedly failed a field sobriety test in May. In a July 22 press release, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said that the charges were being dropped because no substances that could cause intoxication were found in a sample of Oliver’s blood.
Oliver’s attorney welcomed the news, but he then went on to question why his client was taken into custody in the first place. That happened on May 16 when deputies from the Montgomery County Constable’s Office received a call about a vehicle being driven erratically in a construction zone. Based on this call, the deputies stopped Oliver’s car and ordered him to take a field sobriety test. A gun possession charge was added when deputies discovered a pistol in the player’s pickup truck.
That gun charge was dropped because the DUI charge was dropped. In Texas, possessing a pistol while behind the wheel is only a crime when drivers are impaired by drugs or alcohol or charged with another criminal offense. The Buffalo Bills said in a press statement that they were happy to hear their player’s legal problems were over. The team selected Oliver in the first round of the 2019 draft.
The outcome of this case reveals how important it can be for criminal defendants to remain silent and seek legal counsel. Individuals taken into custody who are not represented by a lawyer often admit to crimes they did not commit. They do this because they become convinced that their situations are dire and maintaining their innocence will lead to even harsher penalties. When suspects confess, police usually stop investigating the matter. In drunk driving cases, this could put an end to any further toxicology tests.