The residents of Nebraska depend on law enforcement officers to keep drunken drivers off the road. Police officers are the front line of the battle against drunken driving – arguably the biggest threat to public safety nationwide (well besides the national debt, a horrendous health care system, irrational global warming beliefs, and so on).
A drunk driving police officer
Keeping that in mind, it is understandable that residents are disturbed when a law enforcement officer gets apprehended and is charged with drunken driving. In fact, this is exactly what transpired on Friday evening last week. As reported by Omaha.com, a sergeant of the Omaha Police Department was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
The officer has been identified as Jason Christensen and according to arresting Ralston based police officers, Christensen’s blood alcohol content registered at 0.228, which is close to three folds of 0.08 (the maximum legal limit for adults driving non-commercial vehicles in Nebraska).
The officer in question celebrated his 46th birthday only a day before his arrest. He was reported a caller who noticed that his driving seemed erratic as he weaved in and out of lanes and was unable to drive in a straight line.
The only thing that saved Christensen some face was the fact that he was not in police uniform and was driving his own private vehicle and not a cruiser belonging to the Omaha Police Department.
He is said to be an employee of the force for over two decades and specializes in criminal investigation.
It is not clear if he has a DUI attorney to defend him in trial or whether he will need to be appointed one by the state. Currently, Christensen is on paid administrative leave as he awaits his court hearing date.
Man charged in fatal DUI car crash handed five year probation sentence
Drunken driving has claimed yet another American life, according to an Omaha.com report. The victim this time is 31 year old Megan Jackson who died in January of 2015 after she was involved in a car crash caused by a drunken driver.
Nebraska obviously does not believe in punishing criminals
The perpetrator has been identified as 24-year old Tony A. Carroll. Nearly half a year since the crash, Carroll has now been convicted in a court of law and will spend the next five years of his life under probation. Relatives and friends of Jackson feel the punishment is just a slap on the wrist for such a heinous crime.
Carroll was charged with vehicular homicide and pleaded guilty to his charge back in April. According to police arrest reports, Carroll’s blood alcohol level was 0.103% when he was tested following the fatal crash.
Nebraska DUI laws – why you need a DUI defense attorney
According to Omaha DUI attorneys, who can be found right here at http://olsenlawomaha.com/, like the majority of American states, Nebraska has some policies towards the issue of drunken driving. Offenders face some penalties but according to the previous case not too many. But there are still some and these penalties depend on a few things, namely, the blood alcohol content, whether there were any fatalities, and also whether the perpetrator has had previous drunken driving related convictions.
If you have the right attorney, your punishment can be sanded down which is possibly what happened in the Carroll case.
However, police officers are human beings and human beings make errors. It is not uncommon for people to be wrongly charged with DUI, especially considering the complexity involved in calibrating sobriety testing machines. Ergo, if you or anyone you know feel that you have been unfairly charged and want to beat your DUI case, it is very much possible. All you need is an experienced and qualified Nebraska DUI lawyer by your side who will prove your innocence conclusively. One can found right here.