It may not always seem like it, but law enforcement officers are not above the law and can be charged with drunk driving or other criminal offenses just like anyone else. The story we’re focused on today isn’t about an officer being charged with DWI/DUI but does involve conduct that many would consider to be equally or possibly even more dangerous.

If you haven’t heard, formal charges were filed last week against the New Jersey State Police trooper responsible for the decision to escort a group of people that included former Giant Brandon Jacobs to Atlantic City at speeds of more than 100 mph on March 30.

According to witnesses, the convoy of Porsches, Ferraris and Lamborghinis wove in and out traffic and forced a number of drivers to take emergency evasive actions to get out of their way.

Also charged last week was a subordinate trooper who followed that supervising trooper’s orders. In both cases, the men are accused of taping over the license plates of the vehicles in the caravan, which is a third- or fourth-degree level offense.

Whether either of these troopers is convicted of a criminal offense or agrees to plead guilty, the charges will likely have a profound impact on their professional careers. (FYI: The supervising trooper has reportedly submitted his retirement papers.)

With that in mind, law enforcement officers and other professionals who could lose their licenses or livelihoods if convicted of a DWI/DUI or another offense should take no chances if charged and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to minimize the damage.

Source: NJ.com, “N.J. State Police troopers to face criminal charges in ‘Death Race 2012’ case,” Christopher Baxter and Megan DeMarco, July 27, 2012