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Michael Turner

Strikes Deal in DUI Case

... Avoids Jail

4/4/2013 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NFL running back Michael Turner struck a pretty sweet deal in his DUI case -- and if he stays out of trouble, he won't have to spend a single minute behind bars ... TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... the former Atlanta Falcons star was arrested for driving under the influence in Georgia hours after a Monday Night Football game back in September.

Now, we've learned ... he hammered out a deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving and speeding ... and in exchange, the DUI was dropped.

Turner was sentenced to 1 year probation and 30 days of community service. He was also ordered to complete a risk reduction program and submit to random drug testing.

Turner's rep, Michael Goldman, tells TMZ, "Michael is glad we can finally put this matter behind us.  He's also very excited for the next chapter of his football career and remaining a pillar in his community."

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Celebrity treatment?

538 days ago


That's why athletes and celebrities never learn. They get off way too easy

538 days ago


There is no excuse for these celebrities/athletes to have DUI's and stuff like that. They make enough money they can pay some one to come get them has to be cheaper then what they are paying the attorney to get them off. ANYONE who is charged with DUI should also be charged with attempted murder. Driving drunk could kill someone and they should be charged as so.

538 days ago


I agree with Melissa. People don't take getting a DUI seriously enough because they know that a first offense gets them basically a slap on the wrist. It's as if our court system thinks that it's only the habitual drunks that kill. In most cases a first-time DUI means it was only the first time they were caught. If the penalty for ANY DUI was a mandatory year in jail, I think it would send a message that it won't be tolerated.

538 days ago


Amazing what you can get away with when you have money.

538 days ago


Everyone in ga Gets no jail time on first offense nothing new!

537 days ago


Tmz actually thought he would get jail for this? Nobody gets jailtime for a dui unless its a few offenses

537 days ago


Not surprising. I was offered the same deal for the same charge minus the community service or drug testing. A fine under a grand keep your nose clean end of story.

537 days ago

Brent Jorgensen    

And his attorney had the gall to say that there were signs in this investigation that he was targeted because of DWB (Driving While Black). 30 years ago that happened. Now "racism" is just a built in excuse for every black man, woman, child out there.

536 days ago

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