A Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) supervisor has been placed on administrative leave after his arrest for driving under the influence while on duty in his city-issued truck. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the 43-year-old official was arrested after his city truck hit three parked cars on Kester Avenue in Van Nuys. Prosecutors say he had two open containers of what appeared to be vodka in his DWP truck. He has been charged with drunk driving, and the DWP is conducting its own investigation into this incident.
A DUI (driving under the influence) conviction, or even a charge, can have serious personal and professional consequences. Some of the most common consequences for a California DUI conviction include jail time, fines, enrollment in an alcohol education program, installation of an ignition interlock device, court fees and increased insurance rates. In cases where the defendant is employed with the government or with law enforcement, a DUI arrest or a conviction can cause them to lose their job or even put an end to their career.
It is critical that anyone who has been accused of drunk driving – regardless of whether they are first-time or repeat offenses – contact an experienced Los Angeles DUI defense lawyer who will fight for their rights and try to get the charges dismissed or reduced. A skilled criminal defense lawyer can make a tremendous difference in a DUI case.
An experienced drunk driving defense lawyer in Los Angeles at Takakjian and Sitkoff has successfully represented numerous clients and helped them defend these serious charges. If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge, please contact us at (866) 430-8383 for a free and comprehensive consultation.