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NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor sentenced in DUI case

Football fans in Washington and around the country will likely remember Lawrence Taylor best for the way he dominated defenses in the 1980s and redefined the middle linebacker position, but they may also be aware that the NFL Hall of Famer has had more than his fair share of off-the-field problems. A New York judge ordered six years of probation after the former New York Giant admitted to sexual misconduct and using the services of a prostitute in 2011, and Taylor was sentenced to a further year of probation on June 19 after pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge in Florida.

In addition to spending an additional year on probation, the 57-year-old former athlete was ordered to pay $1,476 in fines and court costs and have an ignition interlock device fitted to his vehicle. He will also serve 75 hours of community service and lose his driving privileges for nine months. Taylor was one of the NFL's most dominating defensive players during his 13 seasons in the league, and he won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants in 1987 and 1991.

Taylor was charged with drunk driving following a September 2016 accident. Taylor is said to have admitted to officers that he had been driving while under the influence, and toxicology tests performed five hours after the crash found his blood alcohol level to be .084 percent and .082 percent. The legal driving limit in Florida is a blood alcohol level of .08 percent.

Individuals often make admissions or express their remorse to police officers. While behaving in this way may result in gentler treatment, it can also provide prosecutors with damning evidence. Experienced criminal defense attorneys often urge their clients to invoke their constitutional right against self-incrimination and make no statements to police until they have consulted with counsel.

Source: Sports Illustrated "Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty to DUI after crashing into police car", Dan Gartland, June 19, 2017

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