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California officer facing charges for driving under the influence

California residents may be used to reading about cases involving people driving under the influence, and thus pay little attention to such stories. However, when someone in authority stands accused of drunk driving, it is more likely to catch their attention. A police sergeant that had been charged with driving under the influence will have his day in court.

The officer was arrested following an incident that occurred when his blood-alcohol level was .28, according to prosecutors. Reports have stated the officer was involved in a hit-and-run when he hit a parked car and continued on until he crashed into a tree. The incident was reported by residents of the neighborhood where the incident occurred.

The officer was not on duty at the time of the incident. He pleaded not guilty to both the DUI and hit-and-run charges. He has been released from jail and is currently on paid leave from his position with the police department. When he is allowed to return to work, he will have an administrative job, according to the department. Thankfully, no injuries were involved in the alleged incident.

As the case continues, the California officer will probably find it beneficial to understand his rights within the applicable state laws. Although he is an officer of the law, defending one's own rights can be quite a different position to be in. Depending on the officer's past and any prior charges for driving under the influence, he could be eligible for a lighter sentence or potentially a plea bargain. With the proper knowledge and understanding, the man could potentially face the charges and return back to his normal position with the department.

Source: ABC 7 San Francisco, SF police sergeant pleads not guilty to DUI, hit-and-run, No author, Oct. 24, 2013

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