Mark Grace to Prison for DUI? - Tarnished Twenty
Tarnished Twenty- The FindLaw Sports Law Blog

Mark Grace to Prison for DUI?

Mark Grace could wind up in prison for his latest DUI arrest.

The former Chicago Cubs great, and most recently broadcaster for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was indicted on four felony counts stemming from his August arrest in Arizona on suspicion of driving under the influence, reports USA Today.

Grace was charged not only with driving under the influence but also with driving with a suspended license and without an interlock device. Grace had been convicted of a DUI last year for another incident in Arizona.

In late August, Grace was arrested after he was pulled over while driving in Scottsdale. Grace took a blood test and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.095, above the legal limit of 0.08, reports USA Today. His previous DUI conviction came in May, 2011.

Earlier this month, the Diamondbacks announced that they had terminated Grace from the broadcasters' booth. Grace had reportedly been issued a warning that if he had another alcohol-related incident, that he would lose his job.

Along with losing his job, Grace could also face almost four years in prison for the DUI, reports USA Today. He could face between one and 3.75 years for each charge, but could serve the sentences concurrently as they all relate to a single incident.

Grace may want to consider entering a plea deal to avoid prison. Given his public stature, Grace could leverage community service and probation, instead of going to prison. Grace's attorney could also try to argue that he was barely above the legal limit and that no one was hurt.

However, a judge could also try to make an example of Grace being a public figure and throw the book at the former baseball player. If even Mark Grace could be sentenced to jail, other would-be drunk drivers would be forewarned about the possible penalties of getting behind the wheels of their car drunk.

Related Resources: