May 7, 2010 By Wallin & Klarich

It was recently reported that Lawrence Taylor, better known as “LT” during his playing days as an NFL linebacker for the New York Giants, was arrested and charged with felony third-degree rape and misdemeanor patronizing a prostitute in New York. In New York, third-degree rape involves sex with a minor below the age of 17. Taylor is facing a total of five years in prison if convicted of both sexual assault charges.

Taylor spent his entire NFL career with the New York Giants from 1981 to 1993. He is credited with revolutionizing the defensive game in the NFL, earning 10 Pro-Bowl selections, two Super Bowl championships, and countless individual accolades throughout his 13 years in the NFL. He was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility and had his #56 retired by the Giants.

However, Taylor’s life has been plagued by trouble for more than half his life. He admitted to being addicted to cocaine since his second year in the NFL, back in 1982 and acknowledged he was a patron of prostitutes since his playing days. After he retired in 1992, he was spending thousands of dollars per day on cocaine, leading to two trips to rehab in 1995. Despite his attempts to stay sober, he was arrested twice for trying to buy cocaine from undercover officers. However, he was believed to be clean and sober since 1998. His newfound sobriety earned him endorsements from nutrition companies such as Nutrisystem and appeared as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars in 2009, endearing himself to the public. However, in light of his recent arrest, he was dropped as a spokesperson for Nutrisystem.

If you or a loved one has been convicted of a sex crime and is facing time in state prison, contact the Southern California criminal defense attorneys at Wallin and Klarich. Wallin & Klarich will help protect your rights and find the best defense strategy for your case. For over 30 years, our attorneys have been helping clients get probation or community service in lieu of jail time. Please call us at (888) 280-6839 or visit our websites at and We will be there when you call.

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