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Middle School Counselor Arrested for DUI on Way to School

May 9, 2014, a guidance counselor was arrested for DUI on her way to the middle school where she worked. Officers said that the 46-year-old woman nearly veered into one another car and in multiple instances almost came off the road. When officers pulled her over, she reportedly told them that she'd had a dose of Xanax and Lexapro that morning before heading out. And yet, a blood alcohol test was conducted, one that showed a .20 blood alcohol level, which is more than twice the legal limit. She was arrested and released in one day, and her next scheduled court appearance is for the first week after school is over, on June 9. She faces the charge of DUI alcohol or drugs.

Testing for blood alcohol content can be simple enough, at least, when it is compared to testing for impairment under legal drugs, such as prescription medication. But the thing is, even blood tests aren't error free, and chemical tests have been known to be improperly taken, to misidentify substances as alcohol, and to be compromised through human error. Then when it comes to driving under the influence of prescription drugs, there is no set legal limit for how much of a substance can be in a person's system, no set amount at which someone can be presumed impaired.

While a DUI drugs charge can be much more complex than an accusation of driving under the influence of alcohol, this can be a strength in the right DUI lawyer's hands. At Thomas & Paulk, P.A., an experienced DUI attorney in Tampa can carefully look over your case and find the weaknesses in the prosecutor's case, perhaps getting your charges reduced or dropped. Find out how our firm's dedication and proven experience can defend you when you call us today!

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