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Drunk driving charges cause fuss for California medical examiner

One man has recently had his career challenged stemming from criminal accusations related to drinking. The California man, employed as the San Luis Obispo medical examiner, was arrested in 2016 on drunk driving charges. His most recent court appearance led the judge to suspend his surgeon's license pending completion of a three-year probation. 

The man was allegedly found with a blood alcohol content of .19 while he was on the way to an autopsy. Reportedly, he lost control of the car he was driving and struck a parked car. He was able to keep his job at the time and was given a last chance agreement.

A string of controversial rulings on the cause of death led the county to finally terminate the man and seek a replacement. The probation, which will at least allow the man to keep his license and seek work in his field, comes with several requirements. He will not be allowed to consume any alcohol or controlled substances, and he will be subject to random drug screens. An ethics course, a clinical diagnostic evaluation, psychotherapy and a medical examination are all also part of the probation. 

The California medical examiner is now facing the extreme consequences of drunk driving charges. This offense is considered a serious crime, and any individual facing criminal charges for drunk driving will likely want to avoid the losses and penalties associated with it. There are ways to fight against the charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney can aid a person looking to build a strong defense against criminal charges. 

Source:, "Former SLO County medical examiner will keep license, for now", Matt Fountain, March 8, 2018

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