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Drunk driving charge brought against off-duty officer

Law enforcement officers are not immune from facing criminal charges. If it is suspected that an officer broke the law by consuming alcohol and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, drunk driving charges could come against that person. As a result, the accused party will likely need to focus on defense.

An off-duty officer in Tennessee recently found himself in such a predicament. According to reports, an on-duty officer was performing a patrol and noticed a vehicle off to the side of the road. The vehicle was stopped but running, and the officer saw that the driver was hunched over in the driver's seat. The report also stated that there were open containers of alcohol inside the vehicle, and presumably after a search, a loaded handgun was also found.

The driver was apparently asked to perform field sobriety tests, which he reportedly did not perform well. He also apparently did not submit to a breath test as he was charged with violation of implied consent. In addition to that charge, he is facing allegations of driving while under the influence and possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

Though this Tennessee man likely has knowledge of the state's drunk driving laws, he may still want to take the time to prepare for his case. He likely also understands the importance of having assistance when facing such an ordeal. Gaining more information on the allegations brought against him and his available defense options may help him feel better equipped to combat the charges. 

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