Kallas Remarks: Questions & Answers In The Braylon Edwards Case

By Steve Kallas
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So, the Jets made it clear last Sunday that winning is the only thing. They sat Braylon Edwards for a quarter after his DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) arrest last week on 34th Street and 12th Avenue in Manhattan. All Edwards did was come in and win the game for the Jets over Miami, with a long TD catch and run (I know, I know, the corner fell down), a key pass interference call in the end zone against the Dolphins and an excellent hook route late in the game to get a key first down. Whatever you think of Edwards playing at all (preposterous), from a “team philosophy” perspective, the Jets have made their bed.


Here’s what will probably happen to Braylon Edwards on his DWI charge in Manhattan, assuming no prior alcohol-related legal issues (none seem to exist). According to a source close to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Manhattan DA does not plead down on DWI charges. So the violation with which Edwards is charged, that is, a violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1192(2), a misdemeanor, will go forward and, in all likelihood, will not be reduced.

While Braylon Edwards is, of course, innocent until proven guilty, he will have a hard time disputing the fact that, according to published reports, he blew a .16 blood alcohol level at the scene and also blew a .16 back at the station house on the more sophisticated equipment that is present in New York City precinct houses. As you probably know by now, that is twice the legal limit of .08.


While that may turn out to be an interesting legal question, it will not change the actual arrest and prosecution of Edwards on the DWI. According to published reports, the car that Edwards was driving had Michigan plates. But even if the window tinting laws of Michigan (yes, there are window tinting laws) differ from those of New York, it will not negate the stop and arrest if the police officer had probable cause to believe that a traffic infraction (that is, driving a car with illegally tinted windows) had occurred prior to stopping Edwards’ car at 5:15 in the morning on 34th Street.


According to an attorney who has handled a number of DWI cases in Manhattan, the punishment for a first-time DWI in Manhattan is a conditional discharge with a fine and a loss of license for six months. Actual jail time for Edwards is highly unlikely. In addition, however, under the new Leandra’s Law that recently went into effect in New York, Braylon Edwards will have an interlock device placed in his car(s). That is, he will have to blow into a machine attached in his car (or any car that he drives) before the car can be started.


As many of you know, Braylon Edwards was put on probation late last year in Ohio after he allegedly punched out a friend of LeBron James in a Cleveland nightclub (James called Edwards’ behavior “childish”). As a result of that probation, Edwards may very well be in jeopardy in Cleveland if he is convicted of DWI in New York. In fact, this is the only real chance that Edwards will do some jail time as a result of driving while intoxicated.

Braylon Edwards’ next court date in Manhattan is on November 9th. It appears unlikely, however, according to a source, that the Manhattan case will be resolved before the end of the football season.

And that will probably be fine with the winning-is-the-only-thing New York Jets.

  • http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/07/27/jets-free-agent-braylon-edwards-faces-probation-hearing-in-cleveland/ After Pleading Guilty To DWI, Jets Free Agent Braylon Edwards Faces Probation Hearing In Cleveland, Ohio; Nightclub Dust-Up With LeBron James' Friend Could Land WR In Hot Water « CBS New York

    […] The 28-year-old wide receiver-turned-free-agent will appear Wednesday before a judge who could sentence him to up to six months in jail if she finds a probation violation. Edwards was on probation after he pleaded no contest in January 2010 to a misdemeanor charge after being accused of punching a friend of LeBron James outside a Cleveland night club. […]

  • aaron

    jim, he should be punished on the field because he is a celebrity and an icon of the NFL… along with all the other players. that’s the reason the NFL has the code of conduct, because these men are known wherever they go, and what they do is a representation of the NFL and if they put the league in a bad light, then they’re punished

  • jEThATERhahaahaha

    Jim….. SHUT UP. You’re obviously a big bleeding heart jets fan. Like most loudmouth Jets fans you probably blab all the time about how the Jets are gonna win it all this year…. total rubish.

  • jim

    by the way.he did wrong. there is no doubting that.he will lose his right to drive and probably do community service. him being suspended for the year and stuff like that is wrong.

  • jim

    why should the jets and their fans be punished. he will be punished by law like anyone else. your a jet hater and want them to fail

  • JW

    Didn`t Ronnie Brown have a DWI this summer which is never mentioned.WHAT`S HIS FATE?

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