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Local political figure arrested on drunk driving charges

Being arrested on drunk driving charges can happen to anyone in Indiana regardless of their employment, financial situation and social status. No matter who the person is, law enforcement will act if they think there is a driver who is under the influence. Similarly, everyone has the right to a strong defense when they are arrested for drunk driving. The circumstances in these cases will often differ, but the one certainty is that drivers arrested must understand their rights from the beginning.

The president of a local town council was arrested for multiple offenses associated with DUI. The woman, 46, was arrested after a traffic stop of her 2016 Subaru Outback at approximately 5:20 p.m. When the stop was made, the officer found the woman was slurring her words when she spoke. In addition, the heater was turned high in what was an apparent attempt to cover the smell of alcohol on the woman's breath.

She was tested for blood-alcohol content and registered 0.19 percent. This is more than twice the 0.08 percent to be considered under the influence. While the officer was investigating, the woman requested that calls be made to the police chief of the town she is from. She also asked that the mayor and the sheriff be called. She now faces charges of DUI with a BAC of 0.15 or more, being publicly intoxicated and drunk driving. Although drunk driving charges can seem to be relatively clear with BAC levels part of the evidence and other factors accounted for, all this information does not necessarily imply guilt.

Drivers who are confronted with these charges must understand the impact a conviction will have on their lives. A driver's license suspension, heavy fines and jail time can all be part of the sentence. The BAC test could have been given improperly. The traffic stop might not have been lawfully initiated. There could be a reasonable explanation as to why the driver seemed drunk. In this case, a prominent woman was arrested for DUI with a high BAC level. With the consequences within the legal system and personally, she must have legal help immediately to prepare her defense.

Source: indystar.com, "Zionsville town council president arrested on OWI charges," Justin L. Mack, Sept. 26, 2017

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