Drunk driving charges are serious. The consequences of such accusations are far-reaching, affecting much more than just a person’s pocketbook. While it is true that fines can be costly, there are also the effects that drunk driving charges have on a person’s professional life to consider. A drunk driving charge can greatly damage a reputation, thereby damaging a career. It becomes imperative, then, to fight these charges with aggressive legal strategies.
A deputy in Texas will fight charges that are being levied against him involving driving while intoxicated. The deputy was suspended from the Sheriff’s office, of which he once served as their spokesman.
The alleged incident occurred last June on an Interstate in Texas. A DPS trooper pulled over the deputy’s vehicle and conducted field sobriety tests. Along with the field sobriety tests, a breathalyzer test was also given to the deputy, and court records show that the test registered a .09. The legal limit in Texas is .08. In addition to this evidence, prosecutors also showed the court a dash-cam video.
The prosecutors also called another deputy to the witness stand. According to the witness’s testimony, the deputy being accused of drunk driving was allegedly seen driving a black BMW, and was seen swerving, running red lights and driving recklessly.
The Texas deputy is fighting to have these charges dropped. According to his attorney, one witness lied under oath regarding how the breathalyzer test was admitted. What’s more, the deputy’s attorney is claiming that the witness also lied about the amount of time in which he observed the deputy in a holding cell.
It is often possible to pick apart the evidence used against someone who is accused of drunk driving. Whether it involves showing the illegitimacy of how a breathalyzer test was administered or how a field sobriety test was conducted, it is sometimes possible to get a DUI charge dismissed and thereby preserve a reputation.
Source: KHOU, “Trial begins for deputy accused of drunk driving,” Shannon Murray, April 7, 2014