Barry Cofield pleads no contest on heroin possession and DUI charges, will likely avoid jail time

Former NFL defensive lineman Barry Cofield will likely avoid jail time after pleading no contest to charges of heroin possession and driving under the influence stemming from an incident last summer.

Cofield was arrested in July after police found him "passed out" at a traffic light off Interstate 4. When officers attempted to wake him, the 34-year-old allegedly drove away and swerved through multiple lanes before crashing into a police car that had moved to stop his path. Officers later found two small bags of a "red powdery substance" containing heroin in his pocket, according to the police report.

According to online court records, Cofield reached a plea agreement with Seminole County (Florida) prosecutors in the case late last month.

As punishment for the DUI charge, Cofield will face 12 months of probation and a six-month suspension of his driver's license, among other penalties. His heroin possession charge was referred to drug court and will likely be dismissed following the successful completion of that court's treatment program, according to the plea agreement.

Former NFL player Barry Cofield. (Photo: Seminole County Sheriff's Office)

Several other charges — including resisting arrest and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer — were dismissed as a result of the plea, according to online records.

Cofield's attorney, David Webster, did not immediately respond to an e-mail from USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday morning.

Cofield last played in the NFL in 2015, He spent parts of 10 seasons with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, recording 310 tackles and 19.5 sacks over the course of his career.

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