Just about everyone has had that empty feeling in the stomach when they look into their rear view mirror to see the flashing red and blue lights of a police car. If you’ve had a drink or two, you probably start asking yourself if you know a good DUI attorney. But what if you are a police officer, driving in your police car and you look in your rear view mirror to see the flashing red and blue lights of one of your fellow officers.
That was exactly the case this past weekend in Texas when an officer dressed in plain clothes was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of DUI. Police were tipped off that there was a tipsy police officer on the road when a concerned citizen reported seeing a man slumped over the steering wheel of a cruiser. When sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene then found Officer Jacob Cuevas driving down the road.
The sheriff’s deputy that pulled over Cuevas reported that he smelled alcohol on Cuevas’ breath and reported that Cuevas demonstrated sign of being intoxicated. Cuevas was off duty at the time of his arrest and at this point in the investigation, it is unclear what he was doing in his police cruiser.
In addition to facing fines, suspension of license, and potential jail time, Cuevas has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation and could ultimately be fired from the police force.
You don’t have to be a police officer to find your livelihood in jeopardy should you be arrested for suspicion of DUI. In addition to the legal punishments for DUI, the consequences that people face in their personal lives are often times much more sever. That is why it is crucial that you contact a Southern California DUI attorney as soon as you are arrested. Time is not on your side in these cases, and the courts aggressively pursue DUI convictions.