Throughout our state, law enforcement is vigilant in its attempts to find and stop drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Since DUI is one of the main causes of accidents with injuries and fatalities, it has harsh penalties associated with it should there be a conviction. These penalties can increase in severity depending on the circumstances. Jail time, fines, a driver license revocation and more can be part of the consequences when they are assessed. While no one is suggesting it is appropriate to drive under the influence, it is important to remember that not everyone who is charged is automatically guilty. Having a legal defense is a critical factor in addressing the issues in the case.

A 61-year-old woman was arrested for multiple offenses related to a DUI. The arrest was made at approximately 2 p.m. when a witness contacted law enforcement about a driver moving against traffic on the road. The vehicle subsequently turned into a store parking lot. The witness had followed the vehicle. Before officers arrived, that same witness told the driver to turn the engine off. There were children in the vehicle.

Law enforcement arrived at the scene. The woman was asked to take a field sobriety test, but she did not seem to comprehend what they were saying. When she was given a test to determine her blood-alcohol content, it registered 0.254. That is greater than triple the legal limit in the state. The woman was arrested for aggravated DUI four counts because of the four kids in the vehicle. She also faces a charge of driving the wrong way on the road.

Any case in which a driver is accused of DUI is going to be cast in a negative light. If that driver was committing dangerous actions and did so while children are in the vehicle, it can be difficult to deal with. However, there are always strategies to lodge a defense and alternatives to address the charges. Perhaps treatment for a drinking problem could be effective in lieu of punishment. Regardless of the situation, having legal advice is crucial to defend against the charges. A law firm with skill at helping those who are confronted with DUI charges should be contacted for representation immediately.