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Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd charged with DUI

South Carolina pro football fans may have heard that Arizona Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd was charged with DUI on Dec. 12. The incident occurred at 2:48 a.m., just hours after the Cardinals lost to the Miami Dolphins in Florida.

According to the Scottsdale Police Department, officers found Floyd, age 27, slumped behind the wheel of his car with the engine running. He was arrested and charged with two counts of DUI, one count of failure to obey a police officer and one count of obstructing a roadway. He was released from custody a few hours later.

This is Floyd's second DUI charge in five years. In March 2011, he was arrested for drunk driving while at Notre Dame. If convicted, Floyd could be suspended for two games by the NFL. In 2014, the league implemented a rule mandating that all players found guilty of a DUI will face a two-game suspension. Floyd was drafted by the Cardinals in 2012. He will become a free agent at the end of the 2016 season, and his arrest could impact any future deals he is offered. In the meantime, he has been released by the Cardinals.

A drunk driving conviction can lead to significant jail time, heavy fines and the loss of driving privileges. In some cases, it can also harm an individual's educational or career opportunities. However, people may be able to protect their future by contacting a criminal defense attorney as soon as they are arrested. Legal counsel could challenge the accuracy of breathalyzer or field sobriety tests, which could lead to the charges being dismissed. In other situations, an attorney may negotiate with prosecutors to reduce the charges and penalties if the defendant agrees to enter a guilty plea.

Source: CBS Sports, "Cardinals' Michael Floyd charged with DUI hours after loss in Miami," John Breech, Dec. 12, 2016

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