Lawson denies probation violations
Ty Lawson, the former Nuggets point guard who now plays for the Sacramento Kings, appeared in a Denver court Thursday and denied allegations he violated his probation after pleading guilty in 2015 to driving while his ability was impaired.
The 29-year-old, through his attorney, Harvey Steinberg, asked that he be monitored by an alcohol testing device in the time before his next court hearing in six weeks.
“We want to get on that (device) so Mr. Lawson can prove” he’s not using alcohol, Steinberg told the court.
Denver court records allege Lawson, while being supervised in California, tested positive for alcohol on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and Feb. 2.
The court documents also allege that Lawson failed to complete the community-service portion of his sentence. As a condition of his probation, he was to serve 48 hours of community service. He also was required to receive 52 hours of therapy.
Steinberg, however, told The Denver Post earlier this month that Lawson has completed the community service. He declined to comment after Thursday’s hearing.
Lawson pleaded guilty in November 2015 to one count of driving while ability impaired and failing to drive in a single lane. Charges of speeding 25 to 39 mph over the speed limit, driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving were dismissed.
Four months earlier, as the Denver case was pending, Lawson was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was pulled over after an officer spotted him traveling “at a high rate of speed.”
At the time of his California arrest, Lawson had been barred from consuming alcohol as part of pretrial release conditions in the Denver case.