Often when there is an arrest, the accused individual may be unaware of just how many charges they could face arising from a single incident. They underestimate the potential problem because they do not fully understand the applicable laws or the penalties they could face. A common additional charge in drunk driving cases in Connecticut, for example, is risk to a minor.
This week, when a woman was arrested for drunk driving, she had two children in the car with her. This increased her challenges in the case brought against her. The charge of risk to a minor is not insignificant, and it can be compounded by the number of children in the car; in this case two. In addition, the details of what happened in the drunk driving case can undergo additional scrutiny by the court and community, due to the potential impact of children being in the car.
There is no report of a sobriety test being given at the scene. The woman's speech is described as slurred. In addition she was said by the officers to have 'appeared intoxicated' at the time. The combination of the facts at issue and the allegation of drunk driving make a case that likely needs to be carefully prepared for and well-defended.
Regardless, it is important to keep in mind that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in Connecticut and everywhere else in the U.S. No matter how many facts are presented on the record or how unfavorable they seem to be, a good defense can help a defendant handle the charges. And while the facts as initially presented by the state or the prosecutor can look very bad in a drunk driving case like this one, in the context of a good defense they may go on to prove the defendant's innocence.
Source: New Canaan, CT Patch, "New Canaan Woman Arrested for DUI," Chandra Johnson, December 20, 2012