Erin Henderson, former Minnesota Vikings player, might be a free agent, but he certainly isn’t free from criminal charges. More specifically, he has been arrested for multiple DUIs in Minnesota in the course of the past year. He is charged with various criminal counts, a hardship that has probably impacted his career.
The first Minnesota DUI arrest took place last November. Authorities allege to have found an intoxicated Henderson in his parked vehicle. Within a matter of months, on Jan. 1, the now former Viking player was arrested for suspicion of DUI for a second time.
Following his recent arrests, Henderson faces multiple driving while impaired charges, a careless driving charge and a drug charge because officials allege that they found marijuana in the high-profile defendant’s car during a stop. It isn’t just the multiple charges and the drug charge that put Henderson at risk. It is also his status.
Men and women who are known public figures such as politicians, celebrities, athletes, etc., generally can’t use their fame to avoid a DWI arrest or conviction. The prosecutors and the courts might actually see someone’s celebrity status as a way to make an example out of someone to show the community that Minnesota takes drunk driving seriously.
Henderson hasn’t been convicted of any charges. He still has the battle against his DWIs and other criminal charges before him. Despite the pending status of the high-profile DWI cases, the Vikings have already let Henderson go from the team.
Was Henderson’s loss of position directly related to his arrests? We can’t say for sure. But defendants from all lines of work often learn the hard way that there are collateral consequences of a DUI conviction, including getting fired. A DWI defense attorney can help clients try to mitigate the possible outcomes of an arrest.
Source: NBC Sports, “Erin Henderson faces four charges for first of two DUI arrests,” Josh Alper, Feb. 28, 2014