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Veteran Minnesota cop resigns after being charged with DWI

Certain legal problems may follow a person for many years. As long as a criminal offense is on a person's record, it can create many personal and professional challenges. This may be a reality for those who have convicted for driving while intoxicated.

In late November, a Minnesota man was pulled over in Mankato on suspicion of drunk driving. The man was identified as an off-duty police officer, who served the community of Mankato for 20 years. According to recent reports, the veteran police officer resigned from his post as an internal investigation relating to the incident was being conducted.

The officer who stopped the man noted driving patterns that resembled those of an intoxicated driver. After the stop was made, the veteran cop's blood was drawn and submitted to a lab for analysis.

After the officer submitted his resignation, the local prosecutor noted that DWI charges have yet to be filed. The police report has been gathered and now authorities will decide whether or not to move forward in criminal court. As this case shows, the man's career has been impacted by a drunk driving arrest even though he has yet to be charged.

Looking forward, the officer's future professional endeavors could very well be impacted by how the police proceedings are handled. Obviously, having a DWI conviction could make it difficult to stay in the same line of work.

Dealing with pending drunk driving charges can be a confusing situation. The important thing to remember, however, is that it's never too early to consult with an attorney. People do not have to wait until charges are filed in order to receive advice, which can provide insight into the best-available legal options.

Source: Mankato Free Press, "Officer accused of DWI resigns," Dan Nienaber, Dec. 20, 2013

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