A patrol officer in California recently pleaded no contest on a Tuesday to driving while he was drunk. As a result, the officer will spend time behind bars for DUI. However, he will stay on duty pending an administrative review.
The man, who had been working with the California Highway Patrol for 15 years and received a salary of $150,000 last year, was taken into custody after reporting for work while appearing to be intoxicated. Authorities said his blood alcohol content was 0.14 at the time -- almost two times California's legal limit. After entering a plea of no contest, he was sentenced to two days behind bars.
The man was also given probation for three years and will have to pay a fine of more than $2,400. As part of his plea agreement, a second charge of DUI has been dismissed. During his probation, the man will not be allowed to operate a car with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.00 percent, and he must also be ready to complete a chemical alcohol test when requested to do so. He also has to take part in a DUI program that will last three months.
Anyone accused of drinking and driving in California has the right to fight such a charge at trial. Prosecutors have to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt or else no conviction can happen. An attorney will look for holes in the prosecution's argument and push for an outcome that is ultimately in the client's best interests considering the circumstances surrounding the DUI case.
Source: sanluisobispo.com, "CHP officer pleads no contest to DUI, gets jail time", Andrew Sheeler, Oct. 17, 2017