A Secret Service Agent, who was on assignment to protect the President, was arrested in Iowa for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Daniel Valencia, 40, was arrested Saturday in the northeastern Iowa town of Decorah, where President Obama was scheduled to visit on his bus tour.
Valencia, who was off-duty, was in Decorah in advance of the President’s Monday visit. According to court records, Valencia was stopped by police after he ran a red light around 1:30 am. After stopping the vehicle, police detected a strong odor of alcohol. The officer administered field sobriety tests and determined that Valencia was too impaired to drive, and put him under arrest.
Valencia refused a breathalyzer and was held in jail until Monday morning. This is his first offense; DUI lawyers have a better chance of getting reduced charges for first time offenders.
Secret Serviceman Representative, George Ogilvee confirmed that Valencia was an agent, and told reporters that the case was being turned over to the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
In certain professions, a DUI arrest can have long-term effects on a person’s career. They can lose their jobs and be forced to find a different occupation. In these cases, the representation of a DUI lawyer can make a difference and make it possible to keep your job.
A savvy DUI attorney can work to have charges dismissed or reduced along with minimizing the penalties a DUI recipient faces.