Law enforcement officers across the United States are often looked upon with a great deal of scrutiny from the communities that they serve. As such, if a sheriff's deputy, for example, is accused or suspected of a crime, regardless of the evidence that may support those suspicions, there may be an eagerness to prove that action is being taken. In fact, an off-duty sheriff's deputy in Virginia was recently charged with DUI.
The incident that led to the 55-year-old woman's arrest reportedly happened around noon on a day in January. According to reports, the driver of a truck was driving in an erratic manner. Police say that they discovered the woman when they responded.
Many of the details surrounding and leading up to the woman's arrest are unclear. However, police say that they talked to the woman, and the ensuing investigation led to her arrest. Reports indicate that the woman has been with the sheriff's department for 15 years. She has been placed on administrative leave until an investigation can be completed.
Accusations of DUI can have serious personal, financial and professional consequences, as the leave that this woman has been placed demonstrates. Regardless of the accusations made against a person, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Often, this standard is difficult to meet. With the help of an experienced professional, this Virginia woman can carefully examine the evidence against her and determine which response to the accusations against her is the best option for her individual circumstances.