Lawmaker Charged With Denver DUI Now Deals With Ethics Probe

Lawmaker Charged With Denver DUI Now Deals With Ethics Probe

12
Feb
2012
Posted by: rosenthallaw  /   Category: DUI   /   No Comments

A state representative is in hot water after being charged with a Denver DUI . There is now an ethics probe to determine if she tried to use her position as a lawmaker to get out of an arrest, The Denver Post reports.

Denver DUI defense attorneys understand the damage that a DUI arrest can do to a person. First off, it will result in a driver’s license suspension, which can make a person’s life much more stressful and difficult. Then, there is the backlash from a person’s employer. Some companies are much more likely to be forgiving for a first offense or arrest. A conviction may change that, however. Other bosses will be quick to fire a person for an arrest, even before a conviction.

These matters are sensitive and must be handled with care. An arrest can lead to problems within the home, problems with public perception if the person’s job is high-profile and also emotional problems. Sometimes, a quick plea resolution is best if the prosecutor is willing to bump the charge down to a less-serious infraction.

In other cases, going to trial in order to fight the charges aggressively may be the option that makes the most sense. In either situation, an experienced Denver DUI defense lawyer utilizes years of experience to help.

In this case, the lawmaker was pulled over after trying to make an illegal turn, The Post reports. At first, Denver Police said the lawmaker tried to invoke legislative privilege to get out of a possible DUI arrest. Now, police are apologizing, stating that not only did the woman not invoke that privilege, but she asked to be treated as anyone else.

The House is investigating the case to see what happened. The arresting officer, too, is being investigated. State law allows for politicians to avoid arrest if they are in the midst of performing official duties.

While everyday citizens don’t have to worry about using special privileges to get out of arrest, this case shows that police officers can make mistakes in DUI cases. They can misunderstand what a person is saying or make a bad judgment call about whether they have been drinking and driving. Showing these mistakes could benefit the driver.

Jeremy Rosenthal
Denver DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney, Jeremy Rosenthal aggressively defends DUI cases, medical marijuana related legal issues, and criminal defense cases. The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal - Denver, Colo

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Jeremy Rosenthal
Denver DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney, Jeremy Rosenthal aggressively defends DUI cases, medical marijuana related legal issues, and criminal defense cases. The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal - Denver, Colo