Driving under the influence is one crime that Virginia takes very seriously. Those arrested and charged with DUI know that they can face some significant penalties if they are ultimately convicted. For some motorists, this could mean that their livelihoods could be impacted.
Some individuals working in occupations that require a driver's license could lose their jobs if they are convicted of a DUI offense. Recently, a school bus driver was arrested for DUI in Virginia after other motorists informed police about the allegedly reckless driving.
Police responded to the call, and were following the bus when the driver went off of the road. The officer then stopped the bus, and could smell alcohol once onboard. There were no students currently on the bus, as the driver was on the way to pick them up.
The driver eventually took a breathalyzer test, which showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent, well above the legal limit in Virginia. The motorist faces DUI and reckless driving charges.
This arrest serves as a reminder to those that depend upon their drivers' licenses to make ends meet. A conviction for DUI can make it impossible for individuals to gain employment in certain industries. Companies that have a behind-the-wheel component often require a clean driving record, and any alcohol-related driving offense will make the person ineligible for these positions.
In Virginia, the legal BAC limit for drivers of commercial vehicles is 0.04 percent. This is substantially lower than the 0.08 percent level applied to drivers of normal passenger vehicles. Penalties for a conviction can include jail time for the driver.
Those motorists facing DUI charges should discuss their cases with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can help drivers defend themselves against these charges, and also learn more about the penalties that could be imposed if convicted.
Source: Thecarrollnews.com, "Substitute school bus driver charged with DUI, reckless driving," Michael Howlett, June 20, 2013.