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Three years in prison for bus driver convicted with DUI

The laws in New York and New Jersey concerning driving while intoxicated are among some of the strictest in the nation. This is the case for any driver and anyone who drives a commercial vehicle can expect the same as well. A drunk driving conviction can lead to serious penalties including high fines, jail time, the loss of driving privileges, points on a driving record and more.

A 48-year old woman in New Jersey has a full understanding of the seriousness of the state's DUI laws and consequences. The woman was arrested in November of 2011 for driving while under the influence of alcohol and also charged with child endangerment. The reason for the dual charge is because she was a school bus driver and had been alleged to be driving drunk with 25 school students on her bus.

A news report of the case indicated that some of the students sent text messages to their parents saying that the bus driver was maneuvering the vehicle in a very erratic manner. Parents then apparently contacted law enforcement officials who located the bus and placed the woman under arrest. The bus driver was recently sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to the charges against her.

Any driver who is arrested for suspected DWI, DWAI or DUI in New Jersey or New York could consider securing a private attorney to help with a defense. Some people find that working with someone who knows the system is very helpful to them in the defense process.

Source: MyFoxNY.com, "NJ school bus driver sentenced for DUI," January 1 9, 2014

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