Law enforcement and quotas is something that has been debated since the beginning of time it seems. Lehighton residents who are arrested for drunk driving may feel like law enforcement was out to get them. A new lawsuit alleges that Pennsylvania State Police troopers have a quota they need to meet each month for drinking and driving.
In 2015, two police troopers arrested a man in the parking lot of a bar near Lehighton. The dash cam video of the arrest shows the two police officers discussing their quota of needing 20 drinking and driving arrests each month and who would get credit for that arrest. The video also showed that the arresting officers did not perform field sobriety tests on the defendant although the officers submitted paperwork that the motorist had failed field sobriety tests.
Quotas have long been suspected among law enforcement officers, but are rarely proven. When a law enforcement officer has a quota, they can engage in activity that is illegal, such as falsifying documents. When a person is arrested for drunk driving they can feel scared and not know what to do. It is important for a defendant to obtain the help of a criminal defense attorney.
An attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest and make sure proper protocol was followed. They can also aggressively defend their client against these serious charges and help protect their good reputation.
Source: mcall.com, “Video captures troopers discussing quota for drunken driving arrests, lawsuit claims“, Peter Hall, Nov. 27, 2017