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Law enforcement officer arrested for DUI and fired from her job

When a person is arrested on drunk driving charges in Florida, the aftereffects and consequences can extend beyond penalties such as fines, incarceration and license suspension. It can also influence a person's life in myriad ways. For example, depending on the person's vocation, there can be ramifications at work for DUI and traffic offenses. For some, they occur even before a conviction. When arrested for driving while intoxicated and other allegations, having legal help is essential for personal and professional protection. This is especially true when the person placed under arrest is a law enforcement officer.

A law enforcement officer who had been on the job for nearly 20 years lost her job after she was arrested for DUI. In the incident that precipitated her arrest, she was said to have been driving her personal vehicle in reverse and blaring her horn. When they investigated, the officers stated that her eyes were glassy, watery and bloodshot. They smelled alcohol emanating from her. She took part in field sobriety tests and did poorly. She was asked to take a breath test and refused. As an employee for the sheriff's office, she did not have the option to refuse. She was placed under arrest for DUI and later released on her own recognizance. She was subsequently terminated from her job as an officer.

When there is an arrest for DUI, the person must take the necessary steps to protect the future. A conviction can lead to hefty fines, jail time, a driver's license suspension and more. It can also have a negative impact on the person's current job and the ability to garner employment in the future. A lifetime of work can be taken away if there is a conviction for DUI. Crafting a strong defense can mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. It also might be possible to have the charges reduced or to take part in a program in lieu of penalties.

A law enforcement officer was fired from her job after nearly 20 years when she was arrested for DUI. Since she has been terminated from her job and now faces the DUI allegations and its accompanying punishments if she is convicted, she must contact an attorney to help with her defense as soon as possible.

Source: miamiherald.com, "She was a cop for 20 years. Then police say they found her driving backward and drunk," Madeleine Marr, March 19, 2018

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