SD Assistant Attorney General Sentenced For DUI

An assistant attorney general for the State of South Dakota pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to driving under the influence (first).
Douglas Barnett, 40, Sioux Falls, was arrested in May for driving under the influence and having an open container in a motor vehicle.
The open container charge was dropped.
After Barnett pleaded guilty to the drunk driving charge, Magistrate Judge Tami Bern immediately issued a sentence.
Barnett was ordered to pay a $350 fine and was given five days of suspended jail time. In addition, his driver’s license was revoked for 30 days, and he was ordered to participate in the 24/7 Program for 60 days.
Barnett declined to make any statements to the Press & Dakotan following the sentencing. However, his attorney, Eric Schulte, said Barnett accepts responsibility for his actions.
The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office announced after Barnett’s arrest that he had been suspended without pay for 30 days and would be required to participate in the 24/7 Program.

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