An arrest for drunk or drugged driving is not the same as a conviction. As is the case with any criminal charge, when someone is arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, that individual will have the opportunity to defend themselves against the charge. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the arrest, the defense used will vary. Recently, a woman who was accused of DUI, while transporting children on a school bus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, secured a positive outcome.
This past June, prompted by witness reports of a driver who was intoxicated or reckless, the 60-year-old woman was stopped by police. At that time she was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs. Since that time, an investigation into the matter was conducted the outcome of which determined that she was in fact not driving under the influence. Instead, it was determined that she was experiencing a medical emergency. Accordingly, earlier this month, the charges against the woman were dropped.
As this case illustrates a conviction is not a foregone conclusion following an arrest. There may be other factors contributing to the appearance of a driver being intoxicated. Those factors may not always be as easy to uncover as they seemingly were in this case. Accordingly, it is generally a good idea for those who find themselves in this situation to hire a criminal defense lawyer in a timely manner. That individual can commence their own investigation to gather evidence and prepare for trial.