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Second arrest for law enforcement official

Drinking and driving can have serious consequences especially when it's your job to enforce the law. Last week a top Los Angeles County sheriff's official was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

The incident occurred last week when authorities received several 911 calls stating that a car was stopped in the middle lane of traffic on the Pasadena freeway. When officers arrived, they found the sheriff's civilian director passed out with her head on the steering wheel of her county car. The defendant had her foot on the brake pedal, but the car was still in drive.

The defendant took a blood alcohol test and it showed that she had a level of 0.20, more than twice the legal limit. This arrest is her second offense as she was convicted of driving under the influence in 2009 and placed on probation. At that time, she kept her post at the Sheriff's Department. Currently, she is on administrative leave pending further investigation.

If you find yourself arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, or are facing more serious charges related to a crash, it's best to speak with an attorney to make sure that your rights are protected. There could be more enhanced penalties for having a prior conviction like this defendant is facing, and they could include larger fines, more jail time, a longer license suspension or a designation as a habitual offender. There are defense options when it comes to a drunk driving arrest, which could result in a more favorable outcome, but only an attorney can help you figure out your options for your particular situation.

Source: L.A. Now, "Sheriff's official arrested on suspicion of drunk driving," Feb. 6, 2012

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