Drunk driving is a serious problem on the road today. A driver is considered to be driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated when the person's blood alcohol content, as measured by standardized field sobriety tests, reveals a blood alcohol concentration greater than the legal permissible limit.
Under state laws, a commercial driver must have a blood alcohol concentration less than 0.04 percent while operating a vehicle. For a non-commercial driver, the BAC level is 0.08 percent. The difference is because commercial drivers often drive for longer periods of time and operate large commercial trucks and automobiles, and therefore need a greater level of concentration while driving.
According to a recent report, a disability bus was recently hit in Maryland. The accident occurred when a Cadillac, driven by a 36-year-old female who was believed to be driving under the influence, crashed into the bus. The drunk driving accident occurred early in the morning in front of an elementary school. A preliminary accident investigation conducted by the police revealed that none of the passengers on the bus suffered any injuries. The driver of the Cadillac was arrested by local authorities on drunk driving charges.
Drunk driving is a crime under state law and a driver can be prosecuted for the offense. A judge in the case often looks into a variety of factors in order to determine the penalty to be imposed on the drunk driver.
A sound criminal defense strategy will usually include a review of the information from the accident report in order to present evidence about the amount of damage that was caused by the accident. Such evidence can help determine the penalties to be imposed. Penalties can range anywhere from the suspension of a drivers license to a prison sentence, depending on the evidence presented in the case.
Source: WUSA9.com, "DUI driver hits disability transport bus in Laurel," May 26, 2015