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Bus driver faces DUI charge

A bus driver in Colorado is facing criminal charges after police said he drove while impaired. The incident took place on a recent Sunday during the early morning hours. The man accused of DUI is 46 years old.

Police said they noticed that the man was loading passengers in an incorrect area at a park. The man's supervisor also reported that the bus driver's voice sounded slurred when he was listening to him on the radio, and the bus driver was said to have been making rookie mistakes despite being a veteran. When police later confronted him, he reportedly appeared to be unsteady when standing and smelled like alcohol.

According to police, the man admitted to police that he had consumed some shots before getting behind the wheel. He reportedly failed his roadside sobriety tests. In addition to facing a DUI charge, he is also charged with driving while his license was suspended, careless driving and speeding.

Following an arrest for DUI in Colorado, a defendant has the right to vigorously fight the charge at trial. The criminal defense will work to spot any weaknesses in the prosecutor's case, which may include an improperly administered roadside sobriety test, whose results are inadmissible in court. In some cases, the weight of the prosecution's evidence seems to indicate the need to pursue a plea deal instead of going to trial, as a plea agreement may lead to reduced charges and therefore a more personally favorable sentence for the accused. In either scenario, defense counsel will strive to make sure that the client's rights are protected during every stage of the criminal proceedings.

Source: aspentimes.com, "Aspen bus driver allegedly drives drunk", Jason Auslander, Feb. 15, 2017

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