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Troopers' questionable DUI arrests lead to dismissed charges

If an officer suspects that a driver is under the influence, the officer will usually issue a set of sobriety tests.
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    December 07, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- When a person in Boston is pulled over by an officer, the officer must have a legitimate reason. For example, a person could be speeding, driving in a negligent manner or may have ignored a stop sign. If the officer suspects that the driver is under the influence, the officer will usually issue a set of sobriety tests and use the results of those tests to arrest and charge the driver with DUI.

Consequences of a drunk driving conviction

According to the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries, there are a number of penalties that a person convicted of drunk driving faces. These penalties include:
- The use of an ignition interlock device.
- Probation.
- Incarceration in a county jail.
- Fines.
- Alcohol treatment.
- License revocation or suspension.

In addition to the criminal penalties, there are other consequences that can take place. People can lose their source of employment, leading to financial difficulties for their families and suffer from public humiliation.

Question over validity of DUI charges

In the past couple of years some law enforcement officers have been accused of falsifying DUI arrests. In Chicago, a man reached a settlement with the city over a false DUI arrest, according to The Chicago Tribune. The man apparently had been arrested for traffic violations and four minutes after leaving the police district, he was arrested again - for drunk driving.

More recently, a trooper in Utah lost her job after allegations were made that she charged innocent people with DUI. According to The Huffington Post one man, whose blood alcohol content level was 0.00, was arrested by the trooper for being drunk. That man and another victim have filed a lawsuit against the Utah Highway Patrol. The trooper was honored for her amazing DUI arrest history. Up to 1,500 people may have been victims of the trooper's actions.

Falsifying records and phony stops

The officers in both cases were accused of falsifying records and making phony stops. KSL reported that the female trooper allegedly pulled one person over for having a license plate light out and then accused him of being drunk. He claims that his light was not out and used evidence relating to another case where the trooper was not wearing an external microphone, which is required.

The case was subsequently dismissed by the judge at the prosecution's request. The judge further stated that the statement from the trooper was untruthful, damaging her credibility. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the same Utah trooper is allegedly seen on video violating some people's civil rights; the footage was taken by her dashboard camera.

When someone is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, it is important for them to do everything they can to prove their innocence. Speaking with an experienced attorney can provide them with valuable legal information about their rights.

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