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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.

Authorities with the Florida Highway Patrol said that the former linebacker was driving a Bentley on the highway in Palm Beach County at about 5:20 p.m. when he struck a motor home. He then sideswiped a police car, taking off the vehicle's mirror. There were no injuries reported. Taylor was taken to Palm Beach County jail where he admitted that he may have had "too much" to drink.

Taylor was sentenced to 12 months of probation with no jail time. His driver's license was suspended for nine months and he was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on his car for six months. Additionally, the former linebacker was required to pay a $1,476 fine and do community service.

Navigating a drunk driving charge can be difficult, especially because these types of cases rely on circumstances that are often unique to a particular case. If a person is convicted, the potential legal consequences could vary depending on if there were injuries and if the accused person had a history of prior DUI convictions. A criminal law attorney can describe the legal options that might be available. In some cases, the attorney may fight the DUI accusations if the evidence against the accused person is weak. Otherwise, the attorney may negotiate a plea deal that results in legal consequences that are less severe than they would have been.

Source: CBS Sports, "Giants legend Lawrence Taylor avoids jail time after pleading guilty to DUI", John Breech, June 19, 2017

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