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Teacher faces drunk driving charges after arrest at work


For New York State residents who are arrested on drunk driving charges, the individual situations will inevitably vary as will the level of consequences they face. That goes beyond the case itself and can have a negative impact on their employment. For example, if the person works at certain jobs or the allegations take place when they are at work, they might be confronted with problems that go far beyond the legal penalties with the arrest. Everyone needs a strong drunk driving defense, but this is particularly true if their employment could be in the balance.

A 47-year-old kindergarten teacher was placed under arrest after she allegedly arrived at work under the influence. At around 8 a.m., a local law enforcement officer who is the resource officer at the school caught an aroma of alcohol on the teacher. She was also said to stagger when she walked. She was asked to submit to a breath test to determine her blood-alcohol content. It came up at 0.13 percent. This is above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. When her vehicle was searched, a cup with a mixed alcoholic drink was found. She has taught for nearly two decades. It is not yet known how this will affect her employment.

When a person has been arrested for DWI, there are a variety of penalties that can result if there is a conviction. Fines, jail time, a loss of driving privileges, an ignition interlock device and more can be part of the penalties the person will be assessed. While many cases seem clear cut, that does not necessarily mean there is no avenue to formulate a viable defense. Law enforcement must adhere to certain rules when investigating a DWI. For example, if the breathalyzer was not calibrated or the officer was not certified to operate it, that could be a justification to nullify the results. The person might have a viable excuse as to why he or she appeared to be under the influence. Even in cases where there is evidence that the driver was committing a DWI, a plea bargain might be possible.

A teacher is accused of showing up to her job as a kindergarten teacher under the influence. After an investigation, she was placed under arrest. Her case can influence her personal life, but also her professional life. Considering all the problems she will face if she is convicted, she must contact an experienced attorney to prepare for her defense.

Source: poststar.com, "Police: Granville teacher charged with DWI at school," March 29, 2018

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