New Jersey DWI attorneys, and anyone who regularly watches the news, can’t help but notice the recent wave of NFL stars arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, including the recent arrest of Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner. Just hours after scoring a touchdown in a winning game against the Denver Broncos, Turner was pulled over by a Gwinnett County police officer. Turner was allegedly clocked driving 32 miles over the posted speed limit in an area just northeast of Atlanta. After undergoing a field sobriety test, Turner was booked on charges of drunk driving and speeding and released shortly thereafter on bond.
Turner is the latest in a number of NFL players to face drunk driving charges in 2012, including:
- Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno
- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley
- Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather
- Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry
- Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon
- New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright
- St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn
- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch
- Tennessee Titans receiver Kenny Britt
Despite their celebrity status, NFL players face potentially serious consequences when charged with drunk driving. Even first-time DUI offenders in New Jersey can face fines, driver's license suspension, and jail time. If convicted of drunk driving, they also may face repercussions from the NFL, which is under increasing pressure to crack down on the misbehavior among professional football players.
Fortunately, with the help of New Jersey DWI attorneys, you can build a defense to drunk driving charges, and avoid or at least mitigate the potential consequences of a DUI conviction.
The New Jersey DWI attorneys of Helmer, Conley & Kasselman represent clients who face drunk driving charges throughout the state of New Jersey.