A local county clerk finds herself facing
criminal charges after she failed to file paperwork for DUI incidents. The woman is an
elected official and could be in danger of losing her government position.
Additionally, she will have to face the consequences of the alleged criminal
charges if she is found guilty. According to an investigator with the
office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General, the woman failed to fulfill
some of her required job duties.
Two formal charges were filed against the Lebanon county clerk for failing
to file required drunk driving reports with the state. It is alleged that
she did not follow her job requirements regarding the paperwork at least
203 times last year. Investigators claim it was an intentional failure
to comply, but it is not clear if there is evidence to support these claims.
A witness claims that the woman knew that withholding the paperwork was
wrong. She purportedly even admitted to a fellow employee that she controlled
the documents and could determine if she was going to send them to the
Department of Transportation. It is important to remember that witness
accounts can be erroneous or fallacious. Besides this account, it may
be difficult to prove the woman's intent.
The Pennsylvania woman is facing charges that include obstruction of justice
and failure to comply with reporting documents to the court. She has not
yet been convicted and is considered innocent unless there is satisfactory
evidence to prove otherwise. In the meantime, she has the right to legal
counsel and to building a solid defense against any criminal charges she
Lebanon County clerk faces criminal charges over alleged failure to file
DUI paperwork, No author, Jan. 23, 2014