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NFL hopeful hopes misdemeanor conviction behind him

Louisiana college football fans are likely familiar with former Louisiana State University tailback Jeremy Hill. After playing at LSU for two years, in January Hill announced his plans to quit school and enter his name in the NFL draft. The draft takes place in May and a recent decision by a Louisiana judge may improve Hill's chances of being drafted.

Last April the then 21-year-old NFL hopeful was involved in a fight outside a bar. The incident was captured on video and shows Hill and a friend punching a 20-year-old man. Hill subsequently faced a misdemeanor simple battery charge to which he pleaded guilty. The judge sentenced Hill to serve two years of court supervised probation.

The terms of Hill's probation included other conditions including completing 50 hours of community service, paying some of the 20-year-old’s medical bills and completing an anger management class. Although Hill's probation wasn’t set to end until July 2015, a request made by his defense attorney to terminate probation early was recently granted. Upon requesting an early termination of her client's probation, Hill's defense attorney argued the NFL hopeful had learned from his mistake and completed all of the terms of his probation.

Despite objections from a state prosecutor, the judge agreed and granted the defense's request for an early termination of probation. According to one sports analyst, although Hill's legal problems will likely affect his draft position, the recent decision to terminate his probation may improve Hill's chances of being drafted.

This case illustrates the negative implications a criminal conviction can have on an individual's personal and professional life. Misdemeanor criminal charges should be taken seriously and those facing such charges would be wise to secure an attorney. In this case, Hill's commitment to fulfill the terms of his probation early along with his defense attorney's commitment to Hill may afford him the opportunity to fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL and having a very lucrative career.

Source: The Advocate, "Judge ends probation for former LSU running back Jeremy Hill," Joe Gyan Jr., March 19, 2014

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