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School superintendent gets DWI conviction

A school superintendent in North Carolina was arrested and charged with a DWI, and he was recently convicted on those charges.

He used to work for the Madison County Schools. After he was arrested back at the end of February, he stepped away from his position.

It's important to note that he has already appealed the conviction.

The traffic stop that started the whole thing happened in Burnsville, and it was carried out by members of the Burnsville Police Department. The man was driving down U.S. 19-E at the time, and it was roughly 11:30 in the evening.

At that time, another driver called the police and said that a car had been swerving while going down the road. A trooper responded and pulled the man over. That trooper said the man was "extremely nice" and apologized repeatedly. The trooper also said that the man was worried about his job and kept saying this could get him in trouble at work.

He was right. Less than two days after that stop, the superintendent -- who had a salary of $126,888 per year -- was suspended from his position. About a month after that, he just decided to resign.

This case does a good job of showing that there are impacts to a DWI conviction that go beyond fines, jail time and license suspensions. An arrest and a conviction can have a lasting impact on a person's professional life, derailing everything he or she has worked so hard for over the years. As such, it's crucial for all who are facing charges to know their legal rights.

Source: Citizen-Times, "Holden convicted on DWI charge," Paul Eggers, July 26, 2017

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