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School bus driver charged with DUI in California

Driving while intoxicated is a serious criminal offense. This can result in heavy punishment and even time behind bars. However, it is even more serious when there are children involved in the incident. This is what one school bus driver is finding out after being charged with a DUI in California.

The incident occurred one afternoon in mid-December when the accused had been driving a school bus with 28 student passengers. Somehow, the school bus became stuck on a narrow road. The vehicle ended up blocking traffic as the driver attempted to pass through on the dirt road. The California High Patrol ended up responding the situation.

When the police arrived, the 24-year-old bus driver told responding officers that she was trying to make a U-turn when her vehicle ended up becoming wedged in the dirt. The officers suspected the woman was intoxicated, which prompted them to administer a field sobriety test. The woman allegedly failed the tests, which resulted in her being arrest at the scene of the incident.

At last report, the bus driver was being held on bail after her arrest on California DUI charges. Nevertheless, there is always two sides to every story. The defendant will have an opportunity to present her side of the story in a criminal courtroom if she chooses to do so. However, a successful legal defense strategy will require an understanding of how the facts of the specific case are applied to the relevant laws.    Alongside her chosen legal counsel, she is entitled to make decisions in her defense that she deems to be in her own best interests.

Source: People, "Police Charge California School Bus Driver with DUI, Endangering 28 Children on Bus", Chris Harris, Dec. 14, 2015

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