Marshawn Lynch takes deal in Las Vegas DUI case: attorneys

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The day a trial was to begin on his DUI charge, former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch has taken a plea deal, Nexstar’s KLAS has learned. Lynch can now avoid jail time if he fulfills a judge’s requirements.

Lynch was originally charged with misdemeanor DUI after Las Vegas Metro police said they found him sleeping at the wheel of a car in 2022.

Ahead of the trial, which was scheduled to start Wednesday, Lynch accepted a plea deal for the misdemeanor DUI. As part of the deal, the charge will be lowered to reckless driving if Lynch completes DUI school, a victim impact panel, an alcohol evaluation, 200 hours of community service, and stays out of trouble for a year, documents said.

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Marshawn Lynch was booked into the Las Vegas City Jail on Aug. 9, 2022. (City of Las Vegas/KLAS)

The case would then be dismissed and closed as a reckless driving infraction, according to the court docs.

The judge also ordered Lynch to pay a $1,140 fine.

“Mr. Lynch has not been convicted of any offense at his time,” his attorneys, Richard Schonfeld and David Chesnoff, said in a statement. “He has agreed to complete certain requirements which will result in this case being closed as a reckless driving traffic offense.”

Marshawn Lynch stands on the field before an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Indianapolis Colts in Orchard Park, N.Y., Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)

Prosecutors suspect Lynch, 37, had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit in the hours after police found him in a car near the Las Vegas Strip in 2022, documents said.

Officers arrested Lynch around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, after observing him “asleep behind the wheel with the vehicle in an undrivable condition,” Nexstar’s KLAS previously reported. The car, a 2020 Shelby GT500 Coupe, was unregistered, police said.

Lynch’s lawyers had argued the case did not constitute a DUI. Nevada law, however, states that a person sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle is deemed “in physical control” of that vehicle.

Lynch was involved in a previous crash on Feb. 22, 2022, that led to a parking ticket, KLAS first reported. He was driving on Tropicana Avenue near Santoro Drive around 4 a.m. when his Lamborghini Aventador “collided with landscaping and a fence,” police wrote in a report.

In that case, police cited Lynch for the crash and did not arrest him. Court records show Lynch pleaded nolo contendere — accepting violation but denying guilt — to a charge of stopping, standing, or parking prohibited in specified places, a misdemeanor. A judge ordered him to pay a $750 fine.

Lynch most recently played for the Seattle Seahawks and played for the then-Oakland Raiders for the 2017-2018 season.

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