Last December, a Minnesota sheriff was arrested during a traffic stop. He had reportedly been attending a conference associated with his work. The police officers who arrested him claimed that he was driving at excessive rates of speed. They also say his blood alcohol content level exceeded the legal limit for driving. He was charged with DWI.
The same sheriff took a medical leave of absence in May of this year. Even if his medical issues are resolved, however, he will not be returning to work anytime soon because his peace officer license is being suspended for 30 days, beginning in late November, in connection with the DWI incident. While it was the sheriff’s first offense, he apparently signed an agreement regarding the license suspension.
Sheriff cannot perform duties while peace officer license is suspended
During the suspension period, the sheriff may not act in any capacity associated with his duties as sheriff. It remains to be decided whether he will continue to collect a paycheck during this time. The sheriff is navigating other legal problems, as well, regarding several hostile work environment complaints filed against him.
A strong defense system is a key factor in getting life back on track
When someone faces DWI charges in Minnesota, it can have immediate and far-reaching implications on his or her personal life and career. It is understandable that a person who serves the public would want to try to mitigate such circumstances as much as possible. It is a good idea for someone in this type of situation to seek legal counsel before appearing in court or in front of a licensing board.