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Sidelined: NFL receiver Braylon Edwards pleads guilty to drunk driving charge

Football fans here in New York City and across the nation were undoubtedly overcome with happiness when the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) announced that they had agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement earlier this week. Now that the season is officially scheduled to start, teams will be scrambling to sign free agents, including wide receiver Braylon Edwards who made headlines just last week after pleading guilty to DWI/DUI-related charges in a New York City courtroom.

Edwards, 28, was originally arrested in the early morning hours of September 21, 2010.

According to police reports, New York City police officers stopped Edwards' Land Rover on Manhattan's West Side to address the issue of excessive tinting on his windows. However, they detected a strong odor of alcohol and eventually administered a breath test, which measured Edwards' blood alcohol content as .16 (double the legal limit in the state of New York).

On Friday, Edwards pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The judge, who agreed with the terms of the plea arrangement, imposed the following conditions on Edwards:

  • A six-month license suspension
  • The installation of an ignition interlock device in his car
  • A $500 fine
  • Continued participation in the NFL's rigorous substance abuse program

"I feel good. I feel like it came to a fair conclusion by the judge and DA," said Edwards of the hearing. "I'm happy that it's past and now it's just really time to focus on football again."

Edwards was traded to the New York Jets back in 2009 after a tumultuous stint with the Cleveland Browns. Now a free agent, he has expressed interest in re-signing with the team.

It is worth noting that Edwards previously pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated disorderly conduct charges stemming from an altercation at a Cleveland nightclub and was still on probation in the state of Ohio when he was arrested for drunk driving.

In fact, now that he has pleaded guilty to the DWI charge, it may be treated as a probation violation by the Ohio courts, resulting in a $1,000 fine and, more importantly, a six-month jail sentence.

Stay tuned for more from our New York traffic law blog ...

Being arrested for DWI/DUI can have a serious impact on your life in a number of ways and result in various penalties. In fact, many of these penalties are much more serious than the mere license suspension or revocation.

When faced with this scenario, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Related Resources:

Braylon Edwards guilty of DWI (ESPN)

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