When someone is arrested for drunk driving, it has the potential to cause irreparable harm to an individual’s life. That person may experience both personal and professional difficulties when dealing with the aftermath, particularly if he or she is convicted of a DUI. The arrest of a Missouri mayor for driving while intoxicated late last year recently made headlines as she has entered a guilty plea. Though she has yet to be sentenced, her punishment could be significant and have a long-lasting impact.
Late-night drive gone wrong
Authorities say that the mayor was arrested in the fall of last year. She was allegedly driving on a state highway after 1 a.m. when she was pulled over by a deputy. It is unclear what may have prompted the deputy to request that the driver to pull over, but records allege that she attempted to call the local police chief after the deputy requested her to get of her vehicle.
She was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and posted bond just a couple of hours later. Reportedly, the mayor’s recent, written guilty plea will be part of her upcoming hearing where it will formally be entered into record and accepted. Punishment will likely include two years of probation, 40 hours of community service and the completion of a required program for traffic offenders that focuses on substance use.
Drunk driving charges must be taken seriously
People convicted of a DUI or related offense may not be aware of just how much it may upend their life. Not only could they face similar punishment that this mayor might, but they could also have to serve a prison sentence. They may even find that this type of conviction makes it more difficult to secure employment. For these reasons, it may be vital to ensure that an accused person consider options for criminal defense, including working with an experienced Missouri attorney.