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Florida teacher faces drug-related charges

Even respected and trusted individuals in the community can face charges for criminal offenses. One can be a lawyer, doctor – even a teacher – and be investigated for egregious charges.

A Florida first-grade teacher was recently arrested for drug charges. The suspect, 32, purportedly failed to stay in her lane as she drove on U.S. 19 near Nebraska Avenue one evening. The Pinellas County Sheriff reports that a deputy pulled the motorist over and her eyes appeared bloodshot and watery. Authorities proceeded with an investigation, including a field sobriety test, which the suspect failed to pass.

Pursuant to an arrest, the deputy found paraphernalia with marijuana residue inside and other traces of the drug in the vehicle. The woman was subsequently arrested on the following charges:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of a controlled substance
  • Possession of paraphernalia
  • Possession of fewer than 20 grams of marijuana

This was not the teacher’s first run-in with the law. She was charged with DUI in mid 2012; however, at that time, she was released on her own recognizance.

After posting $800 for bail, the woman was released on the pending charges. The Pasco School District is currently looking into the matter. The suspect was recently placed on paid administrative leave.

At this time, the woman is only accused of the aforementioned crimes. She has not been convicted of any particular offense. Nevertheless, the charges, alone, could have an effect on her teaching career.

Driving under the influence in Florida

When a person is convicted for driving under the influence in Florida, he or she faces several repercussions. For example, the Department of Motor Vehicles can suspend one’s driver’s license. Moreover, this offense can result in time behind bars, monetary fines, probation, community service and more, depending upon the facts of the defendant’s case.

On top of associated penalties, many convicted individuals experience trouble with employment. For example, if one’s occupation mandates the use of a vehicle, penalties associated with a conviction could mean one is no longer fit for the particular position. Specifically, with revoked driving privileges, it may be hard for someone to go to work. Moreover, if the position requires regular travel, this would be difficult without a license.

If you are facing charges for driving under the influence or a drug-related crime, you should aim to protect your rights and privileges with legal assistance. A lawyer versed in applicable criminal laws can help you address the pending legal matter and aim to reduce potential consequences in your professional life. To learn more about your criminal justice options, speak with a legal professional.