Georgia residents rely on the men and women of law enforcement to keep the state safe. Police officers are often held in high regard, but it is important to remember that these brave men and women are not immune to legal troubles of their own. Recently, a police officer found himself facing DUI charges, but the details surrounding the incident remain vague.
The officer was driving through Georgia while off duty. He struck a pedestrian with his vehicle. When his on-duty counterparts arrived at the scene, they determined that the officer was under the influence, allegedly of drugs, at the time of the crash.
The incident reports, however, make no mention of what sort of drugs the officer allegedly ingested, or what led police to charge him with DUI. He was also charged with reckless driving, because apparently, his vehicle wound up on a sidewalk, where he struck the pedestrian. It was noted that the pedestrian complained of leg pain, and was taken to a nearby hospital to get checked out.
In such situations, DUI defense attorneys can lend a hand to a person accused. Facing his or her day in court can be a stressful experience for someone facing similar charges. An experienced attorney can help ensure a person's rights are protected throughout the legal process, and make sure the burden of proof is placed squarely upon the prosecution, while aiming for a favorable outcome for the defendant in question. Being accused of a crime is not an indication of guilt, and a court must consider the facts that can be proven, rather than just taking the word of law enforcement.