There are certain career fields where coming to work under the influence or getting a DUI charge while employed can have a negative impact, regardless of the outcome of any criminal charges. Recently in Indiana, a police officer was suspected of being under the influence while on the job. That officer has since pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges.
The incident took place as the man showed up to work, and supervisors suspected there may have been an issue. Apparently, there was a nearly empty bottle of rum in the trunk of the patrol car. The police officer was also found to have a blood alcohol content of .21 percent, close to three times the legal limit.
The officer was sentenced to 60 days in jail. He was also ordered to serve probation for a period of six months. The man was suspended from work, and termination proceedings are pending.
In a case such as this, there may be blood tests, breath tests and/or field sobriety test results. Personal observations of the arresting officers may be relevant, along with other evidence, and lead to a person being charged with drunk driving. Regardless of the tests administered or the claimed results, anyone in Indiana who is arrested and charged with drunk driving will likely benefit from speaking to an attorney who can examine the test results and related evidence and fully represent the interests of the accused individual throughout the criminal proceedings. Defense counsel will focus on protecting all legal rights while fighting for a favorable conclusion.