Pacers’ Ty Lawson gets probation for DUI arrest

Tuesday March 22nd, 2016

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Indiana Pacers guard Ty Lawson has been sentenced to a year of probation for his drunken driving arrest in Denver last January, according to the Associated Press.

Prosecutors had hoped that Lawson would receive at least a month of jail time due to a pattern of drunk driving—he was arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles in July and has two previous DUI arrests that do not count as previous offenses.

However, Lawson’s lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, argued that Lawson was being treated differently by the prosecution team due to his celebrity status. 

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The judge agreed with Lawson’s defense, but reprimanded the player for his actions.

Lawson has already completed a court-ordered 30-day residential treatment program at a rehabilitation center in Malibu, Calif.  

Lawson played 53 games with the Houston Rockets this season, but lost his starting job after only 12 games. Lawson was eventually waived by Houston and signed with the Pacers on March 7.

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Over his seven-year career, Lawson has averaged 13.2 points and 6.2 assists. 

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