Police Officer Fired Over PTSD
More information is becoming available in the story of the recent suicide of a Phoenix police officer. According to recent statements by his chief, he was dismissed not for PTSD but for a pending DUI charge. Chief Daniel Garcia told news sources that he terminated Craig Tiger’s employment due to criminal charges, not due to the officer’s alleged struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. Tiger was terminated in 2013 and took his own life at his family’s cabin in November of that year. The police department was criticized following that event, with some claiming that the chief and department should have done more to help a fellow officer. However, Garcia maintains that Tiger’s actions put the public at risk, leaving him no alternative but to terminate him. Tiger was offered psychological help after his termination.
DUI: A Serious Charge For Public Officials
Anyone who is charged with DUI may be facing serious consequences, but public officials often face even closer scrutiny when they are charged with driving under the influence. Many people believe that police officers, attorneys and others who are charged with upholding the law have an even greater duty to set a good example, so a DUI on the part of one of these individuals may receive more public scrutiny than that of a private individual. However, whether you are a public official or a private citizen, a DUI can always spell serious legal trouble. While your reputation may be at stake, you are also facing possible jail time, probation, hefty fines and required education classes as well as a possible ignition interlock device requirement and other penalties. If you are charged with DUI, you need the help of a strong defense attorney whether you are a private citizen or in the public eye.
What Should I Do If I Am Charged With DUI?
From the moment that you are arrested, the clock begins ticking for you to protect your rights. As soon as possible, contact a defense attorney. This is the single best thing you can do to protect yourself. The attorneys at Oswalt Law Group in Phoenix are ready to help you with your DUI charges. We have many years of experience in dealing with all types of DUI, so call us today for help. We can represent your interests and help you choose the best way to handle these serious criminal charges.