The DUI case against a Tennessee law enforcement officer is set for a grand jury in September. The deputy is charged with driving under the influence, violation of implied consent law, violation of open container laws and possession of a firearm in a place where alcohol is served. This grand jury proceeding will determine if the case will proceed or if the drunk driving charges will be dismissed.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred in April. Emergency personnel responded to reports of a vehicle found that had run into a telephone pole. The firemen on the scene claim that they saw the driver attempt to pull away and leave the scene, and the driver allegedly fought against attempts to turn the car off and remove him from the car.
According to the police report, a gun, several knives and an open container of vodka was found in the vehicle. After his arrest, the deputy was placed on administrative leave, but has since been moved to another position in the corrections department. He also faces the possibility of other disciplinary action if the case proceeds or if he is convicted. At this time, he would be wise to work with a lawyer to prepare a strong case for the upcoming grand jury proceeding.
This case serves as a reminder of the severe impact that a drunk driving charge can have on a person's life and career. It is critical to confront these charges with the help of a Tennessee defense lawyer who is knowledgeable in complex DUI cases. While there can be no guarantee given regarding the outcome of a case, it is possible to mitigate the potential penalties and consequences that accompany this type of criminal charge.
Source: columbiadailyherald.com, "Deputy's DUI case set for grand jury", Mike Christen and Kara Coleman, Aug. 29, 2016