New York teacher charged with DWI at elementary school

A New York teacher faces DWI charges after she allegedly reported to work after drinking alcohol. The 47-year-old woman was charged with the crime by a school resource officer at the Granville elementary school where she works.

The woman arrived for work at the school shortly after 8 a.m. on March 27. The school resource officer said that the woman, who teaches kindergarten, was staggering and smelled of alcohol. The officer then administered a breath test, which reportedly showed that the woman’s blood alcohol content was 0.13 percent. Police said that they found a cup containing an alcoholic beverage in the woman’s vehicle.

Police alleged that the woman drove under the influence of alcohol on school property. She left school after being released from police custody. The school district declined to comment on the case or on the accused teacher’s employment status although the school superintendent commented that the district was taking the matter seriously. The accused drunk driver has been a teacher for 18 years. Prosecutors at Granville Town Court are handling her case.

People who are arrested for drunk driving often fear for their futures because of the effects that convictions can have on their criminal record and their employment. Drunk driving charges can be profoundly detrimental to an accused person’s life, and penalties include license suspension, even for a first offense DWI conviction. Criminal defense attorneys often investigate every defense available. They may challenge the ability of officers to administer field sobriety tests or breath tests, or they may question the validity of a traffic stop or checkpoint. An attorney might also guide their client through options for mitigating the effects of a conviction on their record and license.