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June 2017 Archives

Former NFL player pleads guilty to DUI

Washington football fans may be interested to learn that, on June 19, it was reported that a former linebacker for the New York Giants pleaded guilty to DUI. The charge stemmed from a drunk driving incident in September 2016 when 57-year-old Lawrence Taylor struck a motor home and sideswiped a police car in Florida.

Alternatives to jail time

People in Washington who are convicted of an offense may not necessarily have to go to jail. There are a number of alternative sentences that they might receive instead. For example, a person might get a suspended sentence. The suspended sentence may or may not have a condition, such as requiring the completion of a substance abuse program. Probation is similar to a suspended sentence but usually places restrictions on a person's freedom.

Common causes of pedestrian accidents

The temperatures are heating up, which means more people are taking to the sidewalks and roadways. If you are among them, it is important to recognize what this influx of foot and road traffic might mean for your safety. Many drivers taking to the streets during the summertime are students with limited driving experience, and this and other factors enhance your risk of injury as a pedestrian.

Speedy trials and the role of jurors

Washington residents who have been accused of committing a crime should be aware that they are guaranteed to a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This ultimately means that those accused of committing a crime must be brought to trial within a reasonable time frame.

Tiger Woods police report contradicts earlier media stories

Washington residents may remember Tiger Woods best for his early career dominance and sublime technique, but the 41-year-old golfer been involved in several off-the-course incidents in recent years that have tarnished his reputation and hindered his comeback efforts. The latest such incident occurred during the early morning hours of May 29 when Woods was taken into custody by police in Florida on DUI charges.