Virginia pro football fans likely remember Lawrence Taylor. In 2016, the former New York Giant linebacker was charged with DUI after hitting a motor home and sideswiping a police car near Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Taylor admitted to authorities that he had probably had too much to drink before getting into his vehicle. Taylor entered a guilty plea in the case, and he will not have to serve jail time as part of his sentence.
Instead, he was sentenced to 12 months of probation in addition to having his driver's license suspended for nine months. He was also ordered to pay fines and court costs of $1,476. Finally, he was ordered to do community service and to have an ignition interlock device installed on his car for six months.
Drinking and driving may have significant consequences both for drivers and others on the road. It is possible for drivers to injure themselves, passengers or those in other vehicles. It may also be possible to cause damage to property as a result of driving while impaired. Legal consequences for a drunk driving charge could include jail time, a driver's license suspension or a fine. A DUI charge may also cause damage to a person's social or professional reputation.
It may be worthwhile for a person charged with drunk driving to talk with legal counsel. This is because an attorney may be able to create a defense against the charge such as asserting that erratic driving was caused by a defective vehicle. It may also be possible to cast doubt on blood or breath test results or question whether the traffic stop itself was based on the required reasonable suspicion on the part of the authorities.