A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office volunteer was arrested Tuesday for driving under the influence.
Officials allege a Citrus County deputy spotted the 68-year-old Sheriff’s Office Rails to Trails volunteer driving erratically and pulled him over.
The man was arrested and taken to the county jail and charged with driving under the influence. He was reportedly in uniform and driving a Sheriff’s Office vehicle at the time of his arrest.
Deputies said the man’s volunteer status with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office was subsequently terminated.
The man had been a Rails to Trails volunteer for approximately four months.
Anyone can get charged with DUI, as this case highlights. Although there are many defenses available to DUI charges, there are two that are commonly used to justify the reason behind the initial stop and the process used to test the driver’s BAC.
Law enforcement officers must follow certain procedures in order for a drunk driving charge to be legal. An officer must have a reason to make a traffic stop before administering tests to determine the driver’s BAC levels. If the officer cannot produce a reason used to stop the driver, the stop itself may be illegal and the charges could very well be dismissed.
If the stop is legal, the process used to determine the driver’s BAC must be evaluated. The right process must be followed and it must be demonstrated that the sample was analyzed properly.
Recent reports indicate that a DUI charge can top $10,000. If you are charged with a DUI in Citrus County, call a Citrus County DUI Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton to discuss your legal defense options and ensure your rights are protected.