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Recently, former Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards was in our wonderful state of Arizona. It appears that he was visiting the Phoenix area in order to cover the Arizona vs. Arizona State “Duel in the Desert” track and field exhibition. Unfortunately, his trip didn’t end as happily as he had probably hoped it would. During his visit, Braylon Edwards was pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol. Today, Mark Weingart is blogging from his Tempe, AZ office to talk about Braylon’s situation and what charges he may be facing, as well as the charges that our clients in a similar situation may be dealing with.
On May 4th, Braylon Edwards was pulled over at around three o’clock in the morning while traveling through Scottsdale. Authorities were drawn to the car when they noticed that it was driving without any lights on. After pulling Edwards over, he was found to have a blood alcohol level of over .20, which is more than twice the legal limit in Scottsdale.
This is not the first time Braylon Edwards has been busted for drunk driving. Edwards, who has played for teams such as the Browns and the 49ers during his ten years playing, was also arrested for DUI back in 2010. He pleaded guilty to these charges and ended up having to pay a $500 fine.
Unfortunately for Braylon Edwards, a blood alcohol level of over .15 qualifies as an “extreme DUI”, which comes with its own set of penalties. If convicted of an extreme DUI, Edwards will have to serve 30 days in jail, take 36 hours worth of safety classes, pay a minimum of $2,500 in fines and surcharges, lose his driving privileges for a minimum of 90 days, and have an ignition interlock device placed on his vehicle for at least one year.
However, for those, such as Braylon Edwards, who have been pulled over for a DUI with a blood alcohol level of over .20, they can be convicted with a super extreme DUI. For super extreme DUIs, the consequences are a bit harsher. If convicted, you will have to pay another $2,000 dollars on top of the extreme DUI fine, spend an additional 20 hours or so in safety classes, spend 45 days in jail, and have an ignition interlock device placed on your car for a year and a half.
Here at the Weingart Firm, we have been representing those who have been accused of drunk driving for just over 27 years now. Being arrested for a DUI can be an expensive and life altering experience. In fact, Being convicted of a DUI, specifically an extreme DUI, can end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars over a span of three or more years. For this reason, we highly advise you to drink responsibly and never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you are over the legal limit. However, if you do happen to be arrested for DUI, remember that we are here to help you.