(Lakeland, Fla.-WWJ) A Florida attorney says he plans a “vigorous defense” of Detroit Tigers first basement Miguel Cabrera, who is charged with suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest.

Michael Kessler, who heads the Kessler Law Firm in Ft. Pierce, Florida, tells the Detroit Free Press he doesn’t plea bargain in DUI cases, adding, “I take cases when people want to be defended.”

“Miguel Cabrera maintains his innocence,” Kessler told the newspaper. “We intend to put forth a vigorous defense.”

Cabrera was arrested February 16 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  He faces a charge of suspicion of driving under the influence, plus two counts of resisting an officer.

The slugger, who belted 38 home runs last season, offered a public apology when he reported to the Tigers spring training camp in Lakeland, Florida, at the end of last week. A not guilty plea has been entered on his behalf. Arraignment is scheduled for March 16 in St Lucie County, Florida.

(Copyright 2011, WWJ Newsradio 950.  All Rights Reserved. The Detroit Free Press And The Associated Press Contributed To This Story.)

Comments (4)
  1. A Michigan Resident says:


    Will Cabrera fight as hard and vigorous to stay out of the bottle?

    There are a lot of sober unemployed peolpe in Michigan. This guy should reflect on his economic opportunities while many intelligent Michiganders struggle to pay their rent and food bills.

  2. John says:

    I hope that Cabrera gets some help.
    I also totally disagree with the Sports announcers out there that say we will still CHEER Cabrera every time he comes to the plate.
    I personally will never cheer a “man” who has a drinking problem, acts like an idiot in front of the police, and beats on a woman after drinking.

    The only defense I can think of in this instance is that he wasn’t driving the vehicle (rumor has it he was outside the car when the cops pulled up). That still doesn’t excuse his behavior in front of the police, nor his excessive drinking in the first place Cabrera needs to grow up

    Having had three close friends of mine killed by drunk drivers, I hope Cabrera (and the Tiger organization) realize that Cabrera was “lucky” that he didn’t injure or kill someone by his actions.

    Please, Mr. Cabrera, get some help.

  3. maria says:

    john learn how to forgive and keep it movin

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