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South Carolina police officer faces drunk driving charges

As previous posts on this blog have discussed, when people are charged with drunk driving it can be very harmful to their professional reputation. This is true in some careers more than others. For example, a South Carolina police officer is currently facing drunk driving charges and has been suspended from his job without pay. Although the case is still under investigation, it is likely that these accusations could stick with him for an extended period of time even if he does not end up being convicted of the crime.

According to troopers working for the Columbia police force, they came upon a car that was stopped at a traffic light around 2:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. When they approached the vehicle, they found a member of the police force asleep behind the wheel. The officers contacted the Highway Patrol and, after an investigation into the incident, the man was arrested and charged with DUI.

The officer was in his personal vehicle and was not on duty at the time of the incident. However, he has still been suspended from his job without pay.

A case like this can be difficult legally, emotionally, professionally and financially for the accused. However, criminal defense options are available. The first step in a DUI defense is to try to prevent the automatic suspension of the driver's license. In South Carolina, a first offense DUI charge is a six month suspension, a second offense one year, a third offense two years and a fourth offense means a permanent license revocation.

In addition to these suspensions and revocations the potential consequences can also include monetary fines and jail time. It is important for those that are accused to take such charges very seriously and take immediate action to defend their position and obtain the best possible outcome that has as little impact on their life as possible.

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