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Off-duty police officer faces DUI charges in California

There may be a multitude of scenarios in which a driver can become drowsy while operating a motor vehicle. Those who are on the road for extended periods or have demanding work schedules could be more susceptible to fatigue. Unfortunately, an off-duty police officer has been arrested and is now facing DUI charges after allegedly falling asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle in California.

According to law enforcement agents, the incident began when witnesses called in to report a driver that was allegedly drifting in and out of the lanes of traffic. Upon arriving at the location and approaching the vehicle, authorities claim to have found the driver asleep behind the wheel. Although it is unclear how they came to suspect the presence of impairment, field sobriety tests were initiated soon thereafter.

Authorities assert that the man's blood alcohol content at the time was .16, which is double the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving and has since been placed on administrative leave from his position within law enforcement. If convicted, he could face a variety of serious consequences that could have a detrimental impact on his life, and he could have difficulty obtaining future employment within his chosen field.

When facing DUI charges, one could choose to prepare for what comes next by focusing on forming a strong defense. Since navigating the criminal justice system can be an intimidating process, a person could benefit from seeking assistance from an experienced attorney early on. An attorney can help a client in California gain a better understanding of what to expect from the process and assist him or her in making informed decisions during subsequent legal proceedings.

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