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Georgia police officer loses job; charged with DUI

| Nov 2, 2013 | DUI |

On Thursday, Oct. 24, a Georgia police officer was fired from his job after being charged with a DUI. Initially, the officer was placed on administrative duty while an internal investigation was being completed over the incident. Upon completion of the investigation, the man was terminated from his position at the Georgia police station where he was employed. However, the man will still have the opportunity to defend himself against the DUI charges in court.

The Chief of Police decided to fire the officer before he received the man’s blood test results. According to the Police Chief, the man had a record of unprofessional and erratic driving, and had been reprimanded for his driving on more than one occasion. After speaking to fellow officers and witnesses, the Chief determined that the police officer’s driving continued to be inappropriate. He decided to terminate the man.

The DUI charge against the officer is another matter. Allegedly, it is the second such charge that the officer has received in the last eight months. In the last two weeks, there have been several traffic incidents that the officer was involved in including striking a deer and also getting two flat tires.

DUI charges in the state of Georgia can have numerous negative effects on our lives. Not only are the potential legal consequences severe if someone is convicted of the crime, but many people lose their jobs prior to a conviction, simply because of the scandalous nature of the accusation. Fortunately, legal strategies can be employed in the defense of someone accused of DUI. In the best of cases, the charges can be dropped and/or dismissed completely.

Source: onlineathens.com, Georgia police officer fired after DUI arrest in Oglethorpe, Jenna Martin, Oct. 25, 2013