Driving while under the influence can be a serious threat to your health, and it can put your job on the line, too. Take for example this fire marshal who has been charged with driving under the influence in Maryland.
The marshal, who is also the deputy chief of Fire Prevention, was stopped in Maryland for caught speeding 83 mph in a 55 mph zone in Queen Anne’s County. The court records state that he was so impaired by alcohol that he could not drive safely. The marshal was also charged with reckless driving and for failure to obey traffic control devices.
Interestingly, the media reached out to the Wilmington fire battalion chief and mayor’s office to learn about if an acting fire marshal has been named but the department told them it was a personnel issue. It’s not clear if the marshal’s job would be jeopardized by the incident. However, he faces several charges and fines and has a second court date in September.
If you have a high profile job like fire marshal or police officer, your job could be at risk if you’re convicted of a DUI. It’s important for you to do what you can to protect yourself. Your criminal defense attorney can review the charges and evidence the prosecution has against you. With some help, it may be possible to negotiate or have charges reduced, so that the likelihood of losing your job or position in the future is minimized. It’s important to understand that a conviction will follow you throughout your lifetime and career.