The nature of a person's job can make getting charged with a crime even more difficult than it normally would be. When a person is given the public's trust in their position, it is expected that they will uphold the law. If a person is accused of breaking the law, the negative publicity for the involved department of government can be extreme, and in a case that involves serious allegations like drug charges, there may be an effort to resolve the issue quickly rather that in the most just manner possible
A set of drug charges filed against a Connecticut firefighter in August 2012 included running a drug factory out of his home. Authorities conducted a raid on his home, during which a variety of drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy, were reportedly found on the premises. It is not clear what motivated the raid on the firefighter's house.
The Connecticut police were apparently investigating the matter. In addition there was an internal investigation into the drug charges by the fire department that employed the man. Following its internal investigation, the fire department terminated the defendant.
The termination of the defendant's job possibly happened before the defendant actually entered a guilty plea in the criminal case. The defendant worked as a firefighter for at least 14 years prior to his position being terminated. The added difficulty of his job being at risk may have been a factor in the defendant's guilty plea. Regardless, any defendant who runs a risk of their job being terminated because of criminal or drug charges against them needs to know the laws that may protect them. It is often a priority to resolve the charges as quickly and positively as possible to prevent harm to a possible defendant and his or her reputation.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "Hartford Terminates Firefighter Facing Drug Charges," Dec. 19, 2012