When a person is arrested for drinking and driving, area residents might
push for the person to be convicted and punished accordingly. However,
in the criminal justice system, such a person is always presumed innocent
until and unless prosecutors can prove that he or she actually committed
a crime. One individual was recently arrested on DUI charges in Pennsylvania.
Police said a woman, said to be 35, crashed her vehicle and then fled.
They said they later found her in a sport utility vehicle with a wine
bottle that was open. Police also learned that her driver's license
had expired a couple of years prior.
The woman reportedly told police that she had been consuming alcohol the
entire day. Officers said they had to use a Taser to motivate her to obey
their instructions since she attempted to resist being arrested. The woman,
who is a local public school teacher, was charged with driving while intoxicated.
The woman has the right to defend herself against her DUI charges in Pennsylvania.
She may choose to go to trial, where prosecutors have to prove her charges
beyond a reasonable doubt. If they fail to do this, she legally cannot
be convicted. Prosecutors might also give her a chance to enter a plea
agreement with them, which may lead to more favorable charges for her
and thus result in a sentence that is less harsh than what she otherwise
might have been given. A major focus of the woman's criminal defense
will be to ensure that none of her rights are violated at any point during
the legal process.
Source: pahomepage.com, "Schuylkill County Teacher Facing DUI Charges", Andrew Forgotch, Dec. 26, 2014