Being arrested for
drunk driving can be both terrifying and embarrassing. A DUI arrest can quickly tarnish
a person's reputation and even jeopardize his or her future employment
opportunities. However, the individual facing these charges has the right
to fight for his or her exoneration in the Pennsylvania criminal justice system.
One woman in Pennsylvania was recently arrested on drunk driving charges.
The incident took place on a recent Saturday at about 1:30 a.m. Police
said they stopped the 31-year-old woman for violating a traffic law.
According to officials, the woman was intoxicated. She did not want to
take a breath test and ended up being charged with DUI, but she also allegedly
started to become combative during the booking process. Police reported
that at that point, she spat on one of the police officers. She now also
faces a charge for aggravated harassment.
People who have been charged with DUI may face time behind bars, along
with fines, depending on the circumstances surrounding their cases. Before
an individual accused of drunk driving can be convicted, prosecutors have
to prove that he or she is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The person,
however, may be given the chance to negotiate a plea bargain with prosecutors
instead of proceeding to trial. The possible benefit of this is that the
person's sentence may end up being lighter than what he or she would
have received if found guilty in court. Anyone facing DUI charges is entitled
to the same legal protections that cover people accused of committing
other types of crimes in Pennsylvania.
Source: pennlive.com, "Pa. woman booked for DUI allegedly spits on cop", John Luciew, May 4, 2015