Lawrence Taylor, the Hall of Fame ex-linebacker for the New York Giants, may decide to go to trial on the statutory rape charges he is facing. On October 28, 2010, Taylor’s attorney indicated that Taylor refuses to accept a deal in which he would please guilty to the felony charges of third degree rape and third degree criminal sexual act. A guilty plea to the two felonies would require a sentence of 10 years of probation, and Taylor would be placed on the state sex offender registry. Third degree rape is a Class E Felony and has a minimum jail term of 1 year and maximum of 4 years.
The charges stem from a May 6 arrest in which Mr. Taylor is accused of paying $300.00 to an underage girl for sexual intercourse at a Montebello, New York Holiday Inn. Taylor was also charged with the misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and patronizing a prostitute. Both of these are Class A misdemeanors which could result in a jail term of between 1-3 years. Apparently, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has an interest in the case to go after a Bronx man who is believed to be part of a sex trafficking ring.
Taylor could be sentenced to as much as six months in the county jail if he pled guilty to the felony charges. If he was convicted at trial, the jail term could be served in state prison.
If you are charged with a crime or New York traffic ticket, contact the Westchester County Criminal Defense Lawyers at the White Plains, New York Law Office Of Mark A. Siesel online or toll free at 888-761-7633 for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.