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Tennessee police officer escapes prosecution on DUI charge

Having an experienced legal team can mean the difference between having a serious charge dropped, minimal consequences if found guilty, or facing stiff penalties. A Tennessee police officer who faced a DUI charge knows this too well. The charges against him were dropped recently after he met certain conditions set out by the prosecuting attorney.

The 24-year-old officer was charged with driving under the influence and possession of a firearm while under the influence. Another officer stopped the vehicle that the accused officer was driving, for speeding. The arresting officer allegedly smelled alcohol on the breath of the accused. The accused agreed to a field sobriety test, the results of which apparently showed an alcohol level over the legal limit. A hand gun was also supposedly found in his vehicle.

Prosecutors decided to drop the charges since this was a first offense for the accused. He also met the conditions set forth by the prosecuting attorney which were to attend a Victim Impact Panel conducted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and to attend Alcohol Safety School. His service revolver was also given back to him. He is currently on a 15-day unpaid suspension from his duties at work, but will be back on the job come Feb. 8.

A DUI conviction can carry with it severe consequences. An experienced Tennessee attorney will help his or her client to mount an aggressive fight against the charge. As in this case, it could mean having the charges dropped altogether or minimal consequences, depending upon the severity of the offense. 

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