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Marshawn Lynch will plead guilty to lesser charge in DUI case

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Marshawn Lynch will plead guilty to reckless driving. (USATSI)
Marshawn Lynch will plead guilty to reckless driving. (USATSI)

A DUI case involving Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch that started in July 2012 will be coming to an end in on Friday. Lynch's attorney, Ivan Golde, told ESPN.com that Lynch has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

Lynch was arrested on July 14, 2012 in Oakland, Calif. and later charged with DUI.

"We are resolving the case Friday by pleading to a wet reckless," Golde said. "We have a strong case for trial and could win the case, but the last thing he needs is to go through a public trial."

Golde doesn't want to put Lynch through a public trial because he doesn't think that would be in the running back's best interests.

"He's a Super Bowl champion, and he has endorsements pending. For a guy in his position, it just doesn't make any sense to go through a public trial," Golde said. "He has a lot at stake here. You know Marshawn. He's not a media guy. It wouldn't have been good for him to go through all that."

Golde knows his client well. Lynch definitely isn't a media guy and he proved that at the Super Bowl when he did three interviews all week. All three interviews lasted less than 10 minutes.

As for how this case will affect Lynch's standing with the NFL, Golde said he doesn't expect his client to be suspended. "I can't speak for the commissioner [Roger Goodell]," Golde said, "but my feeling is Marshawn is OK and will avoid a suspension."

After Lynch pleads guilty to the reckless driving charge, California law will require him to attend six classes on driving safety and alcohol consumption.

 
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