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Arkansas woman charged with DWI, job threatened

To illustrate how anyone can be accused of driving while intoxicated under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even those who have a job with a mandate to help those who are abusing these substances can be charged with drunk or high driving. While the background surrounding an arrest will not necessarily enhance or make matters worse in a legal sense, it can negatively impact one's professional career. This can make it even more important to have legal assistance to defend against DWI allegations.

A 26-year-old woman who is employed as a substance abuse counselor may need such assistance after she was arrested for DWI. The incident occurred in the evening shortly after 9 p.m. when law enforcement was contacted about a driver whose vehicle was being operated in an erratic manner. When the traffic stop was made, the driver told officers that she felt as if she was drifting and, in retrospect, should have pulled over. The woman was given field sobriety tests and allegedly did poorly on them. She admitted to taking two anti-seizure medications before getting behind the wheel, but she did not register as having alcohol in her system when she was breathalyzed. The woman was arrested and is on leave from her job while the case is dealt with.

DWI can stem from alcohol or drugs. Those who are arrested for DWI by alcohol or illegal drugs must plan a defense, but will have a tougher time than someone who had taken prescription medications and took it legally. With some drugs, there are side effects that can negatively impact one's ability to drive safely. With a DWI arrest stemming from the side-effects of legally used medication, there may be avenues of defense that are stronger than those with other DWI allegations. A law firm that understands the issues that accompany DWI with prescription medications will have strategies for such a case.

This woman being arrested for DWI while working as a drug counselor might, on the surface, sound ironic. But since she had taken anti-seizure medications and had a negative reaction behind the wheel, it might be possible to get a plea bargain or have the charges nullified entirely. A law firm that knows how to formulate a strong DWI defense should be called for help with the case as soon as possible so she can protect herself legally and professionally.

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