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A Missouri state representative pleaded guilty on Oct. 9 to two charges of drunk driving following incidents that occurred in February and April. Representative Steve Hodges claimed that when police detained him in February, he had slipped on ice in a parking lot and reportedly acknowledged that he had been drinking earlier in the night. In April, a sheriff's deputy responded to a call about a man sleeping near a church and found Hodges there with a blood alcohol level of .17 percent.

Hodges was placed on probation, and he will be required to attend a substance abuse class. His driver's license was also suspended. According to sources, the representative had voluntarily completed a program related to substance abuse earlier this year. Term limits prevent him from running for election again, but he says he does not plan to resign in the wake of the incidents before the end of his tenure.

When an individual is facing a drunk driving charge, it may also negatively affect his or her professional life. For example, if a person is a politician or a teacher or has another prominent position in the community, that individual's career could be adversely affected.

In order to challenge the charges, an individual may decide to employ the services of a criminal defense lawyer with knowledge of DWI law. By carefully examining toxicology results and the official police report, a lawyer might be able to devise a strong defense against the prosecution's allegations. Additionally, if a lawyer is able to expose any areas of weakness in the evidence against a defendant, the charges might be dropped or reduced.

Source: Southeast Missourian, "Rep. Hodges pleads guilty to DWIs", October 10, 2014

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