Individuals who are facing charges for driving under the influence of alcohol may find the subsequent process to be stressful and intimidating. Simply being accused of a similar crime can have an impact on one's reputation within the community, which can be challenging enough as is. A 70-year-old man has recently resigned as mayor of a city in West Virginia after he was arrested and accused of drunk driving.
According to reports, the incident began when police received information about a single-vehicle accident around 9 p.m. on a recent Friday. They claim the driver of the vehicle had struck a parked car. Upon approaching the driver, they allegedly discovered that he was under the influence of alcohol, and he was taken into custody and charged with DUI. Later, he was released on bond.
No information was provided as to how authorities came to suspect intoxication was a factor, and it is unclear whether field sobriety or breath tests were conducted at any point. Similar charges carry severe penalties, and a conviction can have a substantial impact on a person's life. The man has resigned from his position as mayor following his arrest.
Individuals who are accused of drunk driving may wish to protect themselves against potentially devastating consequences, but they may be uncertain how to achieve this goal. When facing similar charges, one could speak with a defense attorney for advice on making informed decisions throughout the process. An attorney can evaluate the charges and evidence against a client in West Virginia and provide guidance on the best course of action to take during subsequent legal proceedings.
Source: wvmetronews.com, "Princeton mayor resigns following DUI accident," Mike McCullough, Oct. 18, 2017