An arrest for drunk driving can have impacts on virtually every area of a person’s life, including his or her career. In Minnesota, a DWI can lead to consequences that may include the revocation or suspension of a driver’s license, expensive fines and even time behind bars. For one newly hired police officer, a DWI resulted in his resignation from his job and even criminal charges.
The impact of a DWI
The police officer was hired at the beginning of March with the North Mankato police department as a patrol officer. Recently, he was reported to police after he was noticed drinking and apparently falling asleep at a bar. After leaving the bar, he got behind the wheel of his vehicle and attempted to drive home.
Law enforcement found his vehicle, and it was noticed that the driver was swerving, striking the shoulder of the road. Police noted that the driver smelled of alcohol and exhibited other signs of possible intoxication. A portable test found that his blood alcohol content was .22% at the time. He was charged with two counts of gross misdemeanor DWI.
What is next?
For this former Minnesota police officer, his career path was greatly impacted by the DWI charges. At this point, he will benefit from seeking legal guidance regarding his defense options. He has the right to fight these charges, and he will find it helpful to have the counsel of an attorney who can provide insight into how to best confront his future interests and protect his freedom.