“After investigating all the procedures and all the chain of events it appears not everything was done according to the rule of law, and there may be some questions that need to go before a jury.” This was a statement from Ivan Golde, Darrius Heyward-Bey’s attorney, just under a month ago after a pre-trial hearing that took place on June 28th.
Golde had plead “not guilty” on Heyward-Bey’s behalf at the May 31st arraignment. This was done primarily because of the “serious issues” that were brought up by the forensic toxicologist hired by the Oakland wide receiver’s lawyer.
“His main focus is football and the Raiders and that’s why we didn’t go any further with it.” This is what Golde is now saying after Heyward-Bey pleaded “no contest” to a lesser charge (misdemeanor drunken driving).
2011′s leading wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders was driving home early Saturday morning this past April 7th, a California Highway Patrolman saw his 2012 Range Rover driving east from San Francisco on the Bay Bridge. The patrolman says that he observed the vehicle driving just over the posted speed limit, and weaving in it’s lane. The officer pulled the vehicle over, as he has done countless times before, and conducted a field chemical test on the driver. The meter read .13 (California’s limit is .08).
According to the San Francisco Chronicle Heyward-Bey was sentenced to 3 years probation, attend substance and alcohol abuse counseling, and pay over $1,800 in court costs in exchange for the plea.