Chicago Bears fans likely know of Arizona Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd. On Dec. 11, Floyd played for the Cardinals in a loss against the Miami Dolphins. Just hours traveling back from Florida after the game, he was taken into police custody and charged with two counts of drunk driving .
According to the Scottsdale Police Department, Floyd was discovered in the driver’s seat of his car at 2:48 a.m. on Dec. 12. Police said that Floyd was slumped over the steering wheel while his car was still running. In addition to the DUI charges, Floyd was charged for failure to obey a police officer and obstructing a roadway. Floyd was released from jail the same day that he was booked for his charges.
The latest incident is Floyd’s second DUI charge. He was previously charged with DUI in March 2011 when he played for Notre Dame. If Floyd is convicted for his second DUI, he will face a mandatory two-game suspension by the NFL. The NFL implemented its mandatory suspension rule for drunk driving charges in 2014.
People may be accused of driving under the influence if they are found sleeping behind the wheel of their vehicle. However, they may argue that they were not intoxicated, just exhausted due to lack of sleep. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help a DUI defendant to argue that they failed a field sobriety test due to exhaustion, not intoxication. If a breath test was used during the traffic stop, an attorney may argue that the results are insignificant because they fall within a margin of error.
Source: CBS Sports, “Cardinals’ Michael Floyd charged with DUI hours after loss in Miami,” John Breech, Dec. 12, 2016