Many people in Pennsylvania do not realize that even just being charged with a DUI can have serious ramifications on a person’s future. These potential consequences go beyond the penalties a person may face if convicted. In some cases, a drunk driving charge may negatively impact a person’s livelihood, employment opportunities and personal relationships.
Two years after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, a Uniontown woman was arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. According to reports, she was traveling with a man who was killed when the vehicle they were traveling went off the road and rolled after striking a telephone pole and fence post. A witness claimed to hear her say to the man that he should not have been driving after she climbed out of the vehicle. However, authorities accused her of being the driver after an accident reconstruction expert with the state police filed his report. The deceased reportedly had a BAC level of 0.255 percent, while the woman’s blood alcohol level was 0.124 percent.
Although she ultimately beat the charge in court, the woman claims that her life was ruined as a result. The woman alleges that she lost her job and missed out on work opportunities. She also claims to have suffered mental anguish because she was falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted. She has filed a lawsuit against Fayette County’s district attorney and the Pennsylvania State Police.
Even for those who are found innocent, a DUI charge can have a serious impact on a person’s life. As such, people who are facing such charges may find it of benefit to consult with a legal representative. An attorney may advise them of their options, and offer guidance as to the best course of action for their situation.
Source: TribLIVE.com, “Uniontown woman sues state police, Fayette County DA over DUI charges,” Debra Erdley, June 13, 2015