Innocent until proved guilty is the law of the land, but one Florida woman recently learned that an employer may not always be so patient. Being accused of DUI can affect a person before his or her case has even been adjudicated. She now faces charges in court and has become unemployed at the same time. 

The woman was employed as the child investigation supervisor for a Florida sheriff’s department. Early one evening, deputies noticed a vehicle that was speeding and seemed to be swerving in and out of the lane. They pulled the vehicle over and discovered it was driven by the woman in question. 

The deputies claimed her eyes looked watery, and they could smell alcohol. The woman agreed to take a field sobriety test, but deputies did not feel she performed well so they asked if she would take a Breathalyzer test, which she also agreed to do. She wound up being charged with DUI, but she was fired from her job instantly, even though no court had found her guilty of any crime. 

If a person finds him- or herself in a similar situation, he or she may want to consider speaking to an attorney who is familiar with DUI cases. An attorney can help ensure that a person’s rights are protected throughout the legal process, and fight the charges in court in the hopes of a favorable outcome. Being accused of a crime is a far cry from a guilty verdict, and the prosecution must furnish solid evidence to prove the accusation before a court of law. 

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