Ivan Golde, attorney for Marshawn Lynch, said that his client pled not guilty to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol in the Alameda County District Courthouse on Wednesday.
Golde moved Lynch’s arraignment date up from August 14 to Wednesday. Lynch was not required to appear in court, and Golde appeared in court for his client.
According to Golde, a status hearing for the case has been scheduled for September 27.
“We’re going to completely prove his innocence, no doubt about it,” Golde said. “It’s going to take some time to get all of the facts unraveled and do all of the investigation.
“This will not interfere with football in anyway. This is an after-the-season issue.”
Lynch, 26, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol early Saturday morning on July 14 when a police officer observed him driving north on Interstate 880 in Oakland, weaving in and out of lanes in a white Ford van, and nearly colliding with two cars.
After failing a preliminary sobriety test, Lynch was taken into custody and transported to the Alameda County Sheriff department’s north county jail in Oakland. Lynch submitted to a breathalyzer test, and the test came back positive that his blood alcohol content level was over the state’s legal limit of 0.08.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s office filed charges against Lynch for driving under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday, July 18.
According to Golde, Lynch’s blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.08, right on the number of the California legal limit, during a preliminary alcohol screening test. Golde said the police officer at the scene administered a breathalyzer test.
Golde said Lynch was retested at the jail about an hour later. He took another breathalyzer test there, and his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.10. Golde said he will argue the fact that Lynch’s blood-alcohol content level rose after the arrest, showing that it was not above the legal limit while he was driving.