New Yorkers who are football fans might have heard that Michael Floyd, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, was charged with a DUI a few hours after his team lost its game to the Miami Dolphins. The incident occurred on Dec. 12 around 2:48 a.m. in Scottsdale, Arizona.
According to officers with the Scottsdale Police Department, Floyd was found passed out behind the wheel of his car. Law enforcement officers subsequently charged him with two counts of DUI, one count of failing to obey a police officer and one count of blocking the roadway.
Floyd was a first-round draft pick in 2012. His contract with the Cardinals expires at the end of this season, and he will become a free agent. A DUI conviction could negatively impact any deals he might be offered, and he will face a two-game suspension under NFL rules if he is convicted. He has one prior DUI conviction dating from March 2011 when he was a student at the University of Notre Dame.
A drunk driving conviction may leave a person facing jail time, mandatory alcohol counseling, community service and stiff fines. When a person has prior DUI convictions, the penalties can be even worse. Those who are charged might benefit from getting help from a criminal defense lawyer who is experienced with these types of matters. Counsel may find problems with the manner in which the officer conducted the stop and testing. The attorney might then challenge the admissibility of the evidence and work to get the charges reduced or dismissed.
Source: CBS Sports, "Cardinals' Michael Floyd charged with DUI hours after loss in Miami," John Breech, Dec. 12, 2016