In this country, we tend to vilify anyone who's been arrested for a DUI. That's not to say that getting behind the wheel after you've had too many is okay. It's not. Driving drunk is wrong and can ruin innocent lives. But, as the saying goes, "to err is human." It's part of our DNA to make mistakes. Everyone has had moments in life they aren't proud of, but to be defined by that one moment for the rest of your life isn't always fair.
Lawrence Taylor, generally considered the greatest defensive player to ever strap on a helmet in the NFL, was arrested earlier this month on DUI charges. Reports say he was driving his sedan around West Palm Beach when he knocked the side mirror off of a patrol car. When police stopped him, he allegedly smelled of alcohol and was stumbling. Taylor agreed to two breath tests, blowing a .084 on one and a .082 on the other. Florida's legal limit is .08.
Taylor was transported to Palm Beach County Jail and will have to reappear in court at the end of September. He had just been released from probation 24 hours earlier and apparently was celebrating.
If you find yourself facing DUI charges after one too many wines at dinner or an overzealous celebration, you may want to think about speaking with a criminal defense attorney in Florida. He or she can investigate the actions of the police, help you build a case and may be able to reduce the charges or have them dropped completely.
Source: nydailynews.com, "Lawrence Taylor didn't know where he was, told cops he drank 'too much' during DUI stop," Stefan Bondy, September 8, 2016