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Nebraska WR Coach Keith Williams Pleads Not Guilty to Lesser DUI Charge and Careless Driving

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Wideouts is set for court on October 24th

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Keith Williams charges of DUI .15 were dropped earlier today to a DUI .08 3rd offense along with a charge of careless driving. .

Dropping the charge down is significant for Williams in that it drops from a felony to a misdemeanor

His original charge had this for penalties for third offense DUI with an Alcohol BAC .15 or higher:

Class IIIA Felony Third Offense - § 28-105 & 60-6,197 (6)

Maximum: 5 years in jail

15 years license revocation

$10,000 fine

Mandatory Minimum: 180 days in jail

15 years license revocation

If Probation: 60 days in jail 5 – 15 years license revocation

$1,000 fine The court may order the person to apply for an ignition interlock after 45 days.

Dropping it to Third Offense .08 DUI, drops the potential penalties to this:

Class W Misdemeanor Third Offense - § 28-106 & 60-6,197.03 (4)

Maximum: 1 year in jail

15 years license revocation

$1,000 fine

Mandatory Minimum: 90 days in jail

15 years license revocation

$1,000 fine

If Probation: 30 days in jail

2 – 15 years license revocation

$1,000 fine The court may order the person to apply for an ignition interlock after 45 days.

That is a significant drop in potential penalties.

Basically, don’t screw up royally again while you’re going through this. If he has a problem with alcohol, this might be harder than one thinks.

Williams plead “Not Guilty” to both. His next court date will be October 24th.

Keep in mind that this does not necessarily effect his employment status as a University of Nebraska coach. The athletic department or the university administration will determine what fate awaits Williams, and we won’t know what that is for a while yet.

I am not a lawyer. Speculation would be that Williams has a damned good lawyer who will be successful in pleading this down, dropping the DUI charge, and changing the careless driving charge to reckless, and Williams will end up with a MUCH MUCH lesser offense than where he originally started.

If that’s the case, the University may be harder on him than the court. Time will tell.