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Criminal defense likely major focus of allegedly drunk teacher

One teacher in Florida has been accused of showing up to work drunk. She was recently fired by her school board as a result. The criminal defense in this type of case will pursue an outcome that is ultimately in the teacher's best interests, considering the specific circumstances surrounding the case.

According to officials, another teacher saw the allegedly drunk teacher stumbling while escorting her students to a classroom at an elementary school. Her students were in the first grade. The other teacher shared the incident with the school principal, who reportedly noticed that the stumbling teacher had the smell of alcohol emanating from her. The principal also said the teacher appeared irritable and could not respond to questions.

Police said the teacher allowed her class to visit the restroom without supervision. One student suffered an injury to his finger when the finger became caught in a door while he was heading back to class. The woman was allegedly found to have a blood alcohol content that was two times the .08 legal limit. She currently faces criminal charges in connection with the incident after having already been convicted twice of DUI back in 2003 and 1998. Authorities said she did not report her arrests and convictions when she applied to teach, which is a district requirement.

A person facing alcohol-related charges in Florida has the right to defend himself or herself in criminal court, where prosecutors have to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. If this is not achieved, no conviction is possible. The person may also accept a plea deal, if offered, which may lead to a lighter sentence than what would be rendered if he or she were to be found guilty at trial. In either situation, the criminal defense will strive to ensure that the defendant's rights are not violated at any point of the criminal proceedings.

Source: local10.com, "South Florida teacher fired for coming to class drunk, documents allege", Peter Burke News, March 17, 2016

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