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SC police officer facing criminal charges fired from job

As readers of our South Carolina criminal defense blog are aware, criminal charges can carry serious consequences. Such is the case for one man, who was fired from his job as a narcotics officer with the Columbia Police Department after being charged with several crimes that happened over the course of two days.

The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division and the Lexington County Sheriff's Department filed several charges against the former officer, including driving under the influence and two counts of criminal domestic violence. The charges stem from allegations that the former officer fought with his girlfriend over the course of 24 hours. According to incident reports and arrest warrants, the fight started at his girlfriend's home and was reported by an anonymous person. The caller told authorities that he feared for the lives of the former officer's girlfriend and himself.

The dispute continued at a restaurant according to multiple witnesses. While investigating the incidents, the former officer reportedly called a sergeant and appeared to be intoxicated. During the phone conversation, the sergeant heard him hit his girlfriend and the sergeant called the local sheriff's office. On the way to the defendant's house, sheriff's deputies witnessed him driving away from the scene. He was pulled over and refused to take a Breathalyzer test after deputies smelled alcohol on his breath. He was arrested but has since been released on bond.

The case highlights the consequences faced by defendants once criminal charges are filed and the need for an experienced criminal defense team. The former officer was released from his job and faces jail time. All defendants deserve quality legal representation to fight criminal charges. This can literally save a defendant's life, career and reputation.

Source: The Herald, "SC police officer fired after domestic violence, drunken driving arrests," Noelle Phillips, July 10, 2013

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