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Judge John E. Turner (Ret.)

Football player could face discipline from NFL

Washington residents may know that wide receiver Michael Floyd was taken into custody on a DUI charge during the 2016 regular season. While he ended the season with the New England Patriots, he was a member of the Arizona Cardinals when he was taken into custody. In addition to the legal consequences of his case, he could also be subject to penalties from the NFL.

Under the league's substance abuse policy, a player may miss two regular season or postseason games without pay for a first-offense. However, this assumes that there are no aggravating factors. In Floyd's case, his blood alcohol content was .217 percent when taken into custody. Anything higher than .15 percent is considered an aggravating factor under league policy. Furthermore, he was taken into custody for DUI with a BAC of .19 percent while in college at Notre Dame.

That may also be interpreted to be an aggravating factor under the league's substance abuse policy. Therefore, he could be facing additional discipline beyond a two-game suspension without pay. In addition, he must also serve 24 days in jail as well as another 96 at home. This could prevent him from participating in an offseason program, which may keep him from being signed by a team until the league makes a decision in his case.

A conviction on a DUI charge can thus have effects over and above the legal penalties that follow. As a result, people who are facing these charges may want to have the assistance of defense counsel as early as possible so that a strategy can be built to counter the allegations.

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