Massachusetts pro football fans may have heard that Michael Floyd, who was an Arizona Cardinals player at the time of his arrest, has entered a plea of guilty to his DUI charge. After being released from the Cardinals in December, Floyd played for the New England Patriots and earned his first Super Bowl ring.
Floyd was handed a 120-day jail sentence. He will serve 24 of those days in jail and the remaining 96 days on home confinement. In exchange for his guilty plea to extreme DUI, six additional charges against him were dropped by the prosecutor.
Floyd has additional worries because of the potential collateral consequences that he faces with the NFL. According to the substance abuse policy of the league, players who are convicted of a DUI get two-game suspensions. For players who had aggravating circumstances, they may face increased discipline. Having a BAC above 0.15 percent is considered to be an aggravating circumstance, and Floyd’s BAC was 0.217. This might make it less likely that he will be picked up by a team this year.
People who are facing drunk driving charges may receive several severe penalties if they are convicted of the offenses. Criminal defense attorneys may challenge how the stops and tests were performed. They may also challenge the BAC evidence if the breathalyzer analysis was performed incorrectly. Criminal defense attorneys may work to negotiate favorable pleas to lesser charges, or they may seek to have the evidence suppressed if there were problems with how the investigations were conducted for their clients. In some cases, they may secure dismissals of all charges.
Sources: Pro Football, “Michael Floyd’s DUI guilty plea could lead to enhanced suspension“, Mike Florio, Feb. 17, 2017
CBS Sports, “Michael Floyd pleads guilty to DUI charge, receives 120-day jail sentence“, Sean Wagner-McGough, Feb. 17, 2017