A local Prince George's County police officer has been arrested for leaving the scene of an accident. According to reports, the man was off-duty in a personal vehicle when he allegedly struck another vehicle. No injuries occurred in the collision.
Nevertheless, an administrative investigation has been initiated by the police department. The officer was apparently already on suspicion for an unrelated issue when the events leading to the charges occurred. His criminal defense to the charges will be in addition to defending his current employment.
The officer had been working for the department for seven years before being suspended. He is the second officer in a week to have been charged with a crime as another officer is currently the subject of an assault investigation.
These instances carry with them serious implications, especially in the officers' professional capacity. Internal hearings and penalties are common in lots of professions and generally mandated for public positions. Those investigations compound the stress and inconvenience of the real criminal prosecution.
When ones gets charged with a crime, jobs, families and every other aspect of your life may be put in jeopardy. Given the stakes, it is critical to present the best possible criminal defense. Local Upper Marlboro criminal defense lawyers have decades of experience helping the accused weather the storm.
These professionals can investigate the charges, move for a dismissal or reduction in charges, engage in a plea negotiation or even handle administrative hearings. Their expertise at explaining your side of the story has helped hundreds of criminal defendants avoid unnecessary endings.
Source: Upper Marlboro Patch, "PGPD Officer Accused of Leaving Accident Scene," Caitlyn Fitzpatrick, Dec. 1, 2014