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Philly police officer charged with DUI

It is ironic when police officers are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. After all, they are charged with enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, so the expectation is that they would follow the laws that are put in force. For a police officer from the City of Philadelphia, this promise was allegedly broken.

The officer was arrested and charged with DUI after being involved in an accident. Few details have been released regarding the cause of the crash or whether other people were injured. However, a WPVI.com report indicates that the officer (who has been with the police department for 23 years) was off-duty when the accident occurred.

As a matter of course, he was detained and given a breathalyzer test at the scene. His BAC showed that he was over the legal limit of .08. In addition to drunk driving, the officer was charged with a host of additional offenses. While the report did not indicate whether an internal investigation has begun, the officer has been put on administrative leave pending the results of such an inquiry. It is uncertain at this point what type of discipline he may face from the police department.

Even though he is a police officer, he still faces criminal and administrative consequences if convicted. A misdemeanor DUI conviction can be punished with jail time and thousands in penalties and fines. Nevertheless, he is afforded the same legal protections as the very people he places under arrest. As such, the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney (regardless of the irony) would be beneficial.

Source: ABC7local.com, Philadelphia police officer charged with DUI after crash, March 12, 2013

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