For the third time in recent weeks, a councilman in Washington has made headlines for drunk driving.
This time, a Pullman City Councilman was arrested over the weekend for a suspected DUI, reports The Seattle Times. The councilman, Derrick Skaug, is also a leader at Washington State University's student government.
Last week, Tacoma City Councilman Ryan Mello was also arrested for drunk driving. And the week prior to that, Snohomish County Councilman Brian Sullivan pleaded guilty to his drunk driving charge.
Just as in the two previous arrests of councilmembers, Skaug immediately took responsibility for his actions. In a statement to the school newspaper, Skaug apologized to his family, school, and community. It's notable that the mayor of Pullman City indicated that the DUI arrest would not affect Skaug's status as a councilman.
How a DUI Conviction Can Impact Your Career
As you may know, getting arrested for a DUI or any other crime can have a severe impact on your career. While this is especially true for those who work in public positions and get elected or appointed to their jobs, individuals who work at private companies should know that their job prospects can be affected too.
For example, a conviction of a drunk driving offense may impact your ability to get a job that involves driving or working with children. And even if you are currently employed, your boss may be able to use your drunk driving conviction as a reason to terminate you.
So it is very important that you fight your DUI charge as a DUI can impact your life beyond the penalties that are stated in the statute.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in the Seattle or King County areas, call the attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense to help you with your case. We can evaluate your options and fight for your rights. Contact us at 425-284-2000 to schedule a free consultation.
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