Illinois football fans may be interested in learning that a former linebacker for the Giants, 57-year-old Lawrence Taylor, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence on June 19. Taylor was charged with DUI following a drunk driving accident in September when he hit a motor home and police car while in Florida.
Authorities said that the Hall of Fame football player was driving his Bentley in Palm Beach County when, at about 5:20 p.m., he struck a motor home before sideswiping a police vehicle. Although the police car only sustained minimal damage, the Bentley lost one of its side mirrors. No one suffered injuries in the accident. While Taylor was being processed, he did admit that he might have had “too much” to drink before driving.
Taylor was sentenced to 12 months of probation, and he will not have to serve jail time. His license was also suspended for nine months, and he is required to have an ignition interlock device in his vehicle for the next six months. Finally, Taylor must pay $1,476 in fines and complete community service.
Someone who is charged with drunk driving could face serious penalties depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged incident. Even in minor cases, where suspected drunk driving incidents don’t cause any injuries or damage, a person who is charged with a DUI could still get his or her license suspended and face probation. A criminal law attorney may be able to help such individuals put together strong defenses that could potentially reduce the severity of their legal consequences. In some cases, lawyers may even challenge the evidence if authorities made mistakes, which could result in a dismissal of the case.
Source: CBS Sports, “Giants legend Lawrence Taylor avoids jail time after pleading guilty to DUI“, John Breech, 06/19/2017