A woman was taken into custody on allegations that she had been driving under the influence when she struck an unidentified fixed object. The accident occurred in the 2500 block of South Market Street in Bowmansdale on July 31 at approximately 9 a.m., according to police. The driver stated that she had been driving north on South Market Street when she crossed the road and hit the object.
The woman reported to officers that she had attempted to avoid a collision with another vehicle. She did not sustain any injuries in the accident; however, police noticed that she displayed signs of being intoxicated. She was taken into custody at the scene on suspicion of DUI and taken to Cumberland County Prison for processing.
A DUI charge is a serious matter that can carry severe penalties upon conviction. Possible penalties may include prison time, fines, probation and the loss of driving privileges. Additionally, a record containing a DUI may make it difficult to obtain certain types of jobs or rent cars in the future.
In this story, the woman did not injure herself or anyone else. She also avoided hitting another car. For a person in a similar situation, a plea bargain might be a possibility, especially if this is a first offense. A qualified Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney might negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecution on behalf of a client. In some cases, prosecutors are willing to exchange penalties for an alcohol treatment program.
Alternatively, a criminal defense lawyer might suggest taking the case to trial. A lawyer may review the details of the case to see if there is evidence that could be challenged. If the evidence is successfully challenged, it might make it difficult for the prosecution to obtain a conviction.
Source: ABC 27, "Woman, 21, arrested for DUI following crash", Katie Mae Bassler, August 03, 2013