Detroit Tigers All-Star first baseman Miguel Cabrera’s hearing with the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Fort Pierce did not occur today, and was moved to 9 a.m. on June 10.
Cabrera was arrested on the night of Feb. 16 and charged with DUI and two misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer without violence. He also was cited for having an open container of alcohol in his 2005 Land Rover and was drinking Scotch from a bottle, according to a St. Lucie County Sheriff Office report.
Court prosecutor Gayle Braun said Cabrera’s attorney, Michael Kessler, filed Thursday for a continuance and the court agreed to the request today. The right to a trial 90 days after the arrest was waived by the court.
“It was anti-climatic,” said Braun.
“Sure, they can file for another continuance at that time. We can object and demand a speedy trial, but that typically does not happen.”
Cabrera, playing in a four-game series in Oakland against the Athletics, was not required to be present at the hearing if represented by an attorney.
Braun discussed the maximum and minimum penalties Cabrera, who turns 28 on Monday, faces.
She said the maximum charge for resisting arrest is up to one year in the county jail and a $1,000 fine, adding that there is no mandatory minimum sentence if found guilty. Time served is applied.
Braun said the DUI is a “hybrid charge” carrying a maximum six-month county jail stay and $1,000 fine. The minimum sentence if found guilty is a $500 fine, 50 hours of community service, one year of probation, a six-month suspended driving license, attendance in DUI school, speaking at a victim impact panel, 10-day vehicle impounding and court costs.
The citation, which Braun referred to as a traffic ticket, will be assessed at the end of his trial.
Cabrera was released from the St. Lucie County Jail on the morning of Feb. 17 on $1,350 bond, and joined the club in spring training one week later in Lakeland, Fla.
He is batting .326 and is among the American League leaders with four home runs and 10 RBIs two weeks into the regular season.
Cabrera has not addressed legal matters upon advice of his attorney and agents, and the club has supported that stance.
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