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Drunk driving charges: Alberta school bus driver pleads guilty

A 42-year-old woman pleaded guilty in court to impaired driving charges. The central Alberta resident was slapped with drunk driving charges after the school bus she was driving crashed into a tree. The bus had young students on board, although no one was hurt.

The woman agreed to a Breathalyzer test, which police say showed twice the legal blood alcohol limit allowed by law. Alcohol was found on the bus after the incident. The woman pleaded guilty to one count of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over 80 milligrams. She will be sentenced in November. She was also charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of a collision, but those charges will be dropped.

Drunk driving charges are extremely serious. Alberta residents charged with them would do well to consult with a lawyer who is experienced in criminal law. A lawyer will be able to advise on what steps to take in the defense process.

An Alberta lawyer who has defended accused people of drunk driving charges would review all the evidence collected by police to assess whether it was collected properly using provincial guidelines. That includes the administration of any breath or blood tests. It is incumbent upon the Crown to prove guilt in these instances.

In other words, the Alberta Crown prosecutor must prove the accused was drunk at the time of the incident. This could include any tests conducted by police as well as evidence gathered at the scene. A lawyer may be able to get drunk driving charges reduced or dropped if they cannot be proved in court or due to a convincing defense argument.

Source: metronews.ca, "Alberta school bus driver pleads guilty to impaired driving following crash", Sept. 6, 2017

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