Police are not typically in the news for any criminal charges that they
are facing. However, police are human too and can be charged with a crime,
just as anyone else can. Recently in Indiana, a police officer pleaded
guilty to a
The police officer of 12 years was sentenced to a year in jail, with the
time being suspended. He was also ordered to serve probation and given
orders to enroll in alcohol treatment programs. The officer apparently
took months to decide on a plea because of issues pertaining to the amount
of jail time he might have to serve in relation to another DUI case he
was involved in.
The same officer was involved in a drunk driving accident in 2010 and was
sentenced this past fall to 16 years in prison with three of those years
suspended. In that case, he was in his patrol car when he hit a group
of motorcyclists. One of the bikers was killed and two others were injured
in that crash.
The second drunk driving charge this man faced didn't result in more
jail time on top of the jail time he was sentenced to for the deadly crash
a few years earlier. When a person is awaiting a decision on one charge
in an Indiana criminal court and a second incident leads to more charges
in the meantime, the cases can get complicated. Anyone facing a drunk
driving charge who then proceeds to be charged with the same offense again
may benefit from knowing how additional charges can and can't play
a role in a case against them.