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Justin Blackmon Enters Pleads Guilty, Avoids Jail Time

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MAY 05:  Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #14 during Jacksonville Jaguars Minicamp at EverBank Field on  May 5, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida  (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
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Vaughn JohnsonCorrespondent IIJuly 24, 2012

Jacksonville Jaguars' rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon has seemingly closed the book on his latest run-in with the law.

Per defense lawyer Cheryl Ramsey, Blackmon entered a guilty plea of driving under the influence in Stillwater, Okla., during a hearing today for which he was not in attendance. 

Blackmon was arrested in Stillwater back on June 3 when authorities reported that his blood-alcohol was three times the legal limit.

By entering the plea, Blackmon has been fined $500 and will be required to fulfill 50 hours of community service

If Blackmon fulfills these conditions, he will not serve any time in jail, as Special Judge Michael Stano deferred sentencing for one year.

The No. 5 pick in April's NFL Draft remains unsigned two days before rookies are supposed to report for the start of training camp in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars were more than likely waiting to see if there were any major repercussions of Blackmon's DUI before making him a serious offer.

Now that Blackmon seems to be somewhat in the clear of this situation, a contract will probably get done very soon; but expect the Jaguars to offer him an incentive-laden contract that will have special provisions protecting the Jaguars in the event Blackmon gets himself into hot water again.

Although Blackmon has since apologized for his recent transgressions and said that he will stay away from alcohol at least for the near future, the Jaguars will more than likely protect themselves when it comes to how much they invest in their top draft pick.

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