In a DUI case dating back to 2012, Detriot Lions player Nick Fairley was found not guilty. The case took more than two years to reach trial but ended up lasting less than three days between jury selection, both arguments, and the jury’s deliberations. The jury in Mobile County, Alabama, felt Fairley was not guilty.
Back in May of 2012, Fairley was driving 100 mph in his Cadillac Escalade when he was pulled over. He didn’t take the Breathalyzer test and the state trooper on the scene said he had failed field sobriety tests. The trooper said Fairley had admitted to drinking and driving, but during the trial, Fairley’s girlfriend refuted the statement by the state trooper and said that the cup of alcohol was hers. She also claimed that Fairley had not had a drink in many hours prior to being pulled over.
While he dodged a DUI punishment, Fairley still ended up being found guilty of reckless driving. He was ordered to pay a fine of $500. Not everyone can be as lucky as Nick Fairley was in Alabama. If you are convicted of a DUI in Florida, you are looking at some serious punishment. You could have your license suspended for at least 180 days, pay fines starting at $500, a criminal record and a long probation. And all of these doesn’t take into account the scariest penalty of all… the possibility of incarceration.
A defense attorney will remind you that you can fight a DUI charge. You don’t have to plead “guilty” and you don’t have to suffer from these harsh penalties.