Will San Francisco cop return to patrols after DUI charge?

On behalf of The Law Offices of Michael L. Davidson posted in Drivers License Suspension or Revocation on Friday, November 15, 2013.

Last month, we provided a blog post about a San Francisco police sergeant who was arrested and charged for driving under the influence of alcohol. Authorities named the officer as a suspected the officer after they followed a trail of debris from a car accident scene back to his house. In an update to the case, the police sergeant pled no contest to the DUI charge and was sentenced.

The officer was not sentenced to any time behind bars, but his sentence included a number of requirements. The primary component of his sentence is a three year period of probation, which means that another violation could result in very harsh penalties. Not only that, but he was required to seek treatment, complete community service and go through a program for first-time DUI offenders.

Although the officer has plenty to be concerned about in the coming years in terms of his sentence, the addition of the mandatory driver’s license suspension could affect his career.

According to California law, driver’s licenses are automatically suspended for six months after a DUI conviction. The suspension period can be extended to five years, depending on the circumstances of the case. This means that the officer will likely not be able to complete patrols for at least six months, at the very least.

As it currently stands, the officer was put on administrative leave and has been designated to non-patrol functions. An ongoing internal affairs investigation will likely influence his future with the police department.

This case shows how quickly DUI charges can impact a person’s professional life. Specifically, an inability to drive can put a person’s career on a complete hold. As such, it may be important to consider the impact of each aspect of drunk driving charges, including driver’s license suspension or revocation.

Source: SF Examiner, “SFPD sergeant must go to Alcoholics Anonymous, rehab after off-duty DUI crash,” Mike Aldax, Nov.12, 2013

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