Many people are under the impression that a drunk driving charge -- especially
if it is your first -- does not carry hefty penalties. While you may not
have to spend time in jail, a drunk driving conviction can have far-reaching
consequences that affect your home and work life.
As an example, consider the current situation of a Pittsburgh police officer.
The 38-year-old man allegedly showed up for work on Monday intoxicated.
When a police sergeant saw him get out of his car, he instructed the man
to undergo random alcohol and drug testing. A breath test showed that
the man's level of intoxication was 0.128. Now he has to answer to
the department and the citizen's police review board.
Although this man has not yet been convicted of a DUI, a member of the
citizen's review board indicated that he would not have his job for
much longer. Likely contributing to the situation is the fact that the
man had been placed on administrative leave before Monday's incident,
though it is not clear why.
For some people, it may not be hard to envision themselves in a similar
situation. When you work a difficult job with long hours, have family
problems, or deal with other stressful issues regularly, it can be tempting
to find relief through drinking. If you get behind the wheel after doing
it, however, you could find yourself in this man's shoes.
As this case clearly illustrates, a
drunk driving charge can have consequences much worse than a fine or license revocation. For
this reason, it is extremely important to ensure that your rights are
protected throughout the process. DUI charges are often based on a series
of tests that could either be subjective or inaccurate. With the help
of an experienced attorney, it may be possible to find holes in the case
Source: WPXI.com, "Pittsburgh officer charged with DUI after arriving at work intoxicated," Dec. 9, 2013