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UGA Football Player Arrested for DUI

Jonathan Ledbetter is a popular defensive lineman for the University of Georgia. He made news for his DUI arrest earlier in the year. Unfortunately, Ledbetter has been arrested a second time. Earlier in July, the football player was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and underage alcohol possession.

The 18-year-old defensive lineman was arrested and released on a $2,000 bond after being booked into the Athens-Clarke County police department. Ledbetter released a statement following his arrest:

“First I want to apologize to my family, my teammates and coaches, the University and the Bulldog Nation. I have a problem and have received an incredible amount of support and treatment through the Athletic Department for the problem. For that I am thankful. I ask for everyone’s support as I continue to receive additional treatment for this disease and work toward a healthy life.”

According to the university, Ledbetter will face disciplinary action and will be enrolled in various programs to help him combat his issues with alcohol. He may be suspended for up to two games due to his arrest.

This is not the first run-in with the law involving a Georgia player. There have been eight arrests since coach Kirby Smart was hired. However, the UGA football team also saw many similar arrests under former coach Mark Richt.

If you are arrested for driving under the influence as a college student, you could be facing more than just legal action. A criminal conviction can have an effect on your status as a student and, in turn, on your ability to secure employment in your desired profession. Call the offices of Hawkins Spizman Fortas if you have been arrested for DUI in DeKalb County. We are here to help you lessen the impacts that these charges could have on your future.

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