One thing that we have stressed to our College Station and Bryan readers several times before is that people from all social circles can get charged with drunk driving offenses. It isn't just people from one walk of life who run into this kind of trouble at all.

A recent story out of Pennsylvania does a good -- and very sad -- job of underscoring that point. Although it happened far from Texas, the lesson that is to be learned is valuable to readers of any state.

The story concerns a 40-year-old man who killed a 21-year-old woman when he struck her car, which was broken down and going only 10 or so mph, as he was going 75 mph. Authorities have accused him of driving drunk at the time.

What is sad and somewhat ironic is that the 40-year-old man was an off-duty Pennsylvania state trooper. Even worse, he was actually on his way home from a golf outing that had been arranged to commemorate a woman who had been killed by a drunk driver some years before.

The trooper has now been charged with homicide by vehicle while under the influence, DUI and reckless driving.

As we said, we are bringing you this story to show you that people of all kinds get into trouble with drinking and driving. If you find yourself charged with a DUI, don't let fear of social stigma keep you from seeking out qualified legal help; you'll need that legal help to mount the strong and thorough defense that is necessary to protect your rights.

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Trooper charged in fatal DUI had just left memorial to a victim," Bonnie L. Cook, June 26, 2012