Legal issues met

Posted: 4 p.m.

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Joseph

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O'Neal

The Bengals projected starting cornerbacks have dealt with their legal issues the past two days with Deltha O'Neal pleading to a lesser offense and Johnathan Joseph getting the chance to have his misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession dropped.

Neither player is looking at jail time or an NFL suspension.

WCPO-TV reported Friday that O'Neal pleaded guilty in Clermont County municipal court to reckless operation of his vehicle in exchange for dropping the DUI charge stemming from his December arrest at a checkpoint. Officers said his blood alcohol level was .10, which is just over the .08 legal limit for driving in Ohio, according to the TV station.

On Thursday Boone County District Judge Michael Collins let Joseph enter a diversionary program for first-time offenders, according to the Associated Press. The AP said the misdemeanor charge will be dismissed if he completes the program, which usually involves community service or a substance abuse program.

Joseph told police he had a bag of marijuana after a vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped on Jan. 22.

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