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Woman charged with sexual assault and DUI

I think we all can remember a time where we've done something that we have regretted, but for one woman, her behavior after a night of drinking, has her facing charges of assault and sexual battery as well as a DUI.

The incident occurred last November when the 44-year-old woman drove up onto a parking strip and a homeowner came outside to see what was going on. She then drove away and the homeowner called police, got into his car and followed her. She then drove over a sidewalk and onto a church lawn.

Police arrived and arrested the woman, who proceeded to kick the officer and attempted to grab his crotch. She was shouting at the officer that she would kill her and then kicked the officer twice and head-butted her. A third officer attempted to help to obtain a Breathalyzer test and the defendant made unwanted sexual advances towards him and said that she loved him.

The woman was finally taken to jail with a blood alcohol level of .25, more than the legal limit. She is facing a laundry list of charges including:

  • Three counts of assault by a prisoner and two counts of retaliation against a witness, which is a third-degree felony.
  • Sexual battery, attempted sexual battery, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

The charges in this case are serious because they include sexual assault and a DUI. The sexual assault charge alone could remain on the defendant's record forever. If you think you might be charged with a sexual assault, you should speak with an attorney that is knowledgeable about the charges and depending upon the circumstances, you could have the charges reduced to a non-registry offense or dismissed altogether. Being charged with a DUI in California could result in serious consequences and they could include having an ignition interlock device placed on your car, paying a fine, completing a required driving program and possibly going to jail.

While we don't know all of the circumstances in the case of this woman, our judicial system says we are innocent until proven guilty and in these types of situations, it's important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney in order to get a fair trial.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, "Woman accused of sexually assaulting cops during DUI arrest," Lindsay Whitehurst, Feb. 24, 2012

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