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Mayor of California town resigns after drunk driving charge

About a month ago, we wrote a blog post about a California Senator, Ben Hueso, who was arrested on multiple misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. Hueso now has some company as Alan Long, the now-former Mayor of Murrieta -- a suburb of Los Angeles -- has been charged with drunk driving.

Long was driving his truck recently when he crashed into another car that was carrying four teenagers. The teenagers suffered "moderate to major" injuries in the crash. Long stayed at the scene and it appears he cooperated with police. Now, Long has announced that he is stepping down from his position as Mayor of Murrieta due to his drunk driving incident.

It's a brave decision by the former mayor, and probably the right one. But as we highlighted in the Hueso post, drunk driving charges -- even if there is no conviction -- can haunt a person's professional life. This story couldn't make it any clearer.

There are very real and tangible legal consequences that are associated with a drunk driving charge. But the indirect consequences of the charge -- the effect it has on your job, your finances, and your life in general -- can often outweigh those legal consequences.

It doesn't matter who you are and it doesn't matter what the specifics of your specific DUI case may be. You have to consult a criminal defense attorney to ensure that your rights are protected and that you have the best chance to limit the damage caused by a drunk driving case.

Source: Huffington Post, "California Mayor Resigns After Drunk Driving Arrest," Reuters, Oct. 21, 2014

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