Anytime there is a suspicion of drunk driving, the circumstances of the situation can play a role in how a case is pursued and whether additional charges may be filed at the same time. In a recent case in Tennessee, a sheriff's deputy was dealt drunk driving charges, but also faces additional charges. He was charged for additional crimes because he had a 6-year-old child in the car with him at the time of the incident.
The incident unfolded when the 26-year-old deputy was reportedly driving a police cruiser while intoxicated when an accident occurred. Other deputies responded to the scene and those deputies then called for another law enforcement entity to conduct an investigation into the incident. The child who was in the cruiser at the time of the accident was the deputy's son.
The police officer was charged with driving under the influence, and he was also charged with child endangerment because his minor child was in the cruiser with him. He was also cited for possession of a firearm while intoxicated. He was then fired from his job as a deputy. The county's sheriff expressed disappointment over the matter.
A conviction for drunk driving and related charges filed due to the presence of a child in a vehicle can lead to serious consequences, which can have far-reaching effects, especially if there are any child custody issues present. In this case, the Tennessee deputy lost his job over the drunk driving incident, and the termination occurred prior to the man's day in court, exemplifying the serious effects the charges alone can have on a person's reputation or career. Anyone arrested on drunk driving charges, regardless of whether he or she is facing additional charges related to the incident, may want to inquire as to the effect those charges may have on his or her career, finances or reputation and then pursue defense options that may help to minimize those effects.
Source: johnsoncitypress.com, "Tennessee deputy fired after DUI arrest; child was in cruiser", Jan. 2, 2015