Cleveland Browns wide receiver, Josh Gordon, was arrested early Saturday morning for DUI. He was contacted by police for speeding, allegedly going 50 in a 35 mph zone in Raleigh, North Carolina. In North Carolina, driving while impaired means the person was appreciably impaired. This definition sounds similar to Colorado’s DUI law, which defines under the influence as substantially incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle. In Colorado, DWAI is defined as impaired to the slightest degree. Reports indicate that Gordon’s BAC was 0.09. The legal limit in North Carolina is 0.08.
The DUI arrest adds to a series of off the field problems for Gordon. He missed two games last season for drug related issues and is facing a year long suspension pending an appeal. In May, Gordon was cited for speeding and his passenger was cited for marijuana possession. The passenger told police the marijuana did not belong to Gordon.
Gordon may not only be facing criminal charges and suspension from the NFL, but he may also be facing a driver’s license revocation. Gordon may have his license revoked for the DWI charge. In addition, Because Gordon may already have points assessed against his driver’s license due to prior traffic tickets, it is likely Gordon will lose his license for a period of time. In Colorado, when a person is charged with a DUI, DMV may revoke the driver’s license for the DUI allegation itself. This is called an express consent revocation. In Colorado, DMV may also revoke the driver’s license for accumulating too many points in a certain timeframe. Adults are given 12 points in 12 months or 18 points in 24 months.