People from all walks of life can potentially face charges for driving under the influence in California. In many cases, a DUI investigation may erupt over the alleged smell of alcohol during a traffic stop. An odd story out of the Central Valley shows that the smell of alcohol on someone’s breath can eventually result in California DUI charges.

A person with the Kings County Sheriff’s Department claims that a deputy smelled of alcohol during a pre-shift briefing at the office. The man accused of smelling of alcohol left the station to report to a service call, but was later called back to the station by supervisors, according to KFSN-TV News.

The sheriff’s office reportedly called in the California Highway Patrol to investigate the on-duty deputy for evidence of alcohol consumption. Authorities claim that CHP officers were to test the deputy for alcohol and to have the man perform field sobriety tests. Law enforcement claims that the deputy admitted to drinking before reporting to work the night shift.

The media does not fully report on what the CHP found during its probe. However, a sheriff’s department official claims a preliminary breath test showed that the man’s blood alcohol content exceeded the state’s legal limit.

The man was arrested on suspicion of DUI and booked into jail. He was reportedly released about six hours later, and a court appearance on the DUI charges is scheduled for July. In the meantime, the Sheriff’s Department reportedly is conducting an internal investigation, and the deputy has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of that separate probe.

Generally, DUI charges can be a serious matter for anyone pulled over in the Los Angeles area. For many, a DUI conviction can have consequences outside of the legal case.

Collateral consequences of a DUI conviction can vary from person to person, but in many cases, vigorously defending against the DUI charges in criminal court may help to reduce the risk of exposure to the direct and collateral consequences that may flow from a DUI conviction.

Source: KFSN-TV, “Kings County Deputy faces DUI charges while on the job,” June 6, 2012