State Trooper Falsified DUI Charges
When a team wins a game, the players celebrate. When a friend receives a promotion, you might throw a party. Oddly, when law enforcement hand out a DUI, it's a big congratulation "badge of honor" for the police officer. Yes. We want law enforcement to protect, serve, and enforce the law. Unfortunately, their culture has created a monster, that tries to create DUI charges, even if they aren't really there. That's one of the reasons I am proud to be a Kansas DUI criminal defense attorney. Over the years, I have seen numerous drunk driving cases which simply should never have been charged.
In Utah, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against a former Highway Patrol officer. It is alleged that she filed many false DUI charges. She has been fired for alleged misconduct and is currently under investigation by the FBI.
One of the lawyers litigating the lawsuit, says that over 40 people have contacted her, stating that they were wrongfully charged with drunk driving by the trooper.
Why would an officer do this? Because of the culture. In fact, in 2007, this same officer was named "Trooper of the Year," for making more than 200 DUI arrests. Now that further evidence is coming out about this officer's corruption, her past cases come into question and will perhaps lead to overturning past convictions.