Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was admitted into a program for first-time offenders this morning that could lead to the dismissal of drug charges stemming from an incident in Ross last summer.
By Paula Reed Ward / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was admitted into a court program Friday that, if completed successfully, will lead to the marijuana charges filed against him in August being dismissed.
Bell, 22, was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program before Common Pleas Judge Robert C. Gallo. The ARD program is for first-time offenders of nonviolent crimes, where charges can be dismissed and expunged if the defendant fulfills certain requirements.
The 15-month probationary program will require Bell to abstain from drugs and alcohol, complete any recommended treatment, pay a $100 fee and court costs and complete a safe-driving class.
In addition, his driver’s license will be suspended for 60 days.
Bell was pulled over by Ross police around 1:30 p.m. Aug. 20 when an officer said the car smelled of marijuana. He was charged with possession of marijuana and driving under the influence.
Attorney Robert Del Greco, who represented Bell, said his client will be in full compliance with the program.
“He’s relieved to have the matter finally resolved with the opportunity to earn dismissal and expungement,” he said. “I expect Le’Veon will not be a repeat offender.”
Del Greco said he expects the completion of the criminal matter to initiate the NFL’s potential sanctions.
“I cannot predict the outcome, but the guidelines would suggest maybe a one- or two-game suspension.”
Former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount also was in the car when it was stopped. His marijuana charge was dismissed last week after he completed 50 hours of community service in Boston. The New England Patriots signed Blount two days after he was cut by the Steelers in November.
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