Indiana police officer confronts drunk driving charges

Anyone can be arrested for a crime. In fact, sometimes the very people that are supposed to enforce laws can be trapped in the criminal justice system. For example, an Indiana police officer was recently arrested for drunk driving.

According to sources, the Indiana State Police received reports of a motorist, who was driving erratically on Interstate 465. Officers responded to the situation. The suspect exited the interstate and was pulled over shortly after. At the time, the suspect was purportedly driving his police vehicle.

After the man was taken to the police station, he allegedly failed his field sobriety test. Moreover, the suspect's blood-alcohol content measured in at .10, which is over the legal limit. He was ultimately arrested for drunk driving charges.

Due to the charges, the man will inevitably face restrictions in his employment. As the investigation and charges unfold, the suspect has been assigned to administrative duties and does not carry police power at this time.

This story is reiteration of the fact that no one is impervious to criminal charges. Even those who are responsible for the job of enforcement may bend the rules. In fact, the suspect in this incident has been the second police officer from the Indiana State Police Department that has been arrested on drunk driving charges in August 2013.

Indiana drunk driving laws

Under Indiana law, a motorist found driving with a blood-alcohol content between .08 and 0.14 faces a Class C misdemeanor. This carries potential jail time of 60 days. Offenders also face hefty fines and a license suspension, which can range from three months to two years.

On the other hand, if one's blood-alcohol content is greater than 0.14, he or she will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. The potential consequences increase if this occurs. For example, there is a possible jail term of up to 12 months and fines that can reach as much as $5,000.

When a person receives subsequent convictions within a five-year period, the first repeat offense will be considered a Class D felony. This felony has a sentence of up to three years in a prison. Moreover, fines can soar up to $10,000. A license suspension and probation will also go into effect.

These are just a few of the consequences associated with various drunk driving convictions. If someone is injured in the ordeal, the consequences could be even higher. If he is found guilty, the officer in the aforementioned case may have to deal with some of these repercussions.

When one is confronting charges, it is best to have legal help by his or her side. Defendants are entitled to specific constitutional rights, which must be honored in any type of investigation. The legal system is a complex place, so it is an advantage to have a legal professional who comprehends the intricacies of the system. An attorney can help ensure that rights have been honored.