As soon as someone in Pennsylvania faces a charge of drunk driving, he or she will immediately see the consequences of that choice in their life. The possibility of losing a driver's license after such a charge is just the beginning. Without intervention and the aid of a criminal defense lawyer, jail time, fines and loss of current and potential future employment are all possibilities of a conviction for drunk driving. Recently, a law enforcement officer has found himself on the other side of the law when he faced multiple charges in a criminal court.
The officer, from a nearby township in New Jersey, allegedly decided to operate a vehicle after consuming alcohol which, unfortunately, was not his only mistake of the day. Reports state that the accused officer drove the wrong way on a one-way street and had a collision with another vehicle. After hitting several more cars, including two with occupants, he was stopped and arrested at a road block.
The officer faces multiple charges, including resisting arrest and reckless driving. It has been reported that he has already been suspended from his job without pay as the investigation continues. Unfortunately, for his defense, a year ago he faced similar charges and suffered a 90-day suspension of his driver's license in a nearby state.
Facing charges and loss of work has almost certainly placed the officer in an overwhelming and stressful position as he navigates his way through the judicial system. Despite what appears to be mounting evidence against the officer, a criminal defense attorney familiar with drunk driving laws in Pennsylvania can help him and others in a similar situation form the best strategy for their defense. With a thorough investigation of any case, an experienced attorney is often able to help lessen the charges and help minimize any lifelong consequences of a potential conviction.
Source: Long Valley, N.J. Patch, "Hearing Set For Washington Twp. Officer Accused of DUI in Pa.", Anthony Locicero, Nov. 17, 2016