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Getting charged with driving while intoxicated is not only stressful, but can potentially change a person’s life should the person be convicted. A DUI conviction in Tennessee is serious business. Those charged, such as a now former school bus driver, will need to fight the charges aggressively.

The transportation department of a Tennessee school district recently received a number of calls from concerned parents and students indicating that a driver on one of the school buses might be driving under the influence. The driver was told to pull over by the school transportation supervisor. The police responded shortly thereafter. 

The driver agreed to field sobriety tests and agreed to have blood alcohol/drug screening done. There were more than 25 students on the bus at the time the driver pulled over. The students were all different ages. The driver was charged with DUI with a child under the age of 18, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony reckless endangerment.

Fighting a DUI charge is serious business. A Tennessee criminal defense attorney can help his or her client mount the most aggressive defense possible to fight the charge. Reviewing the evidence and assessing whether things were done to the letter of the law — like Breathalyzer and/or blood tests, and proper arrest protocols — is part of what an astute attorney and his or her legal team will do. If any tests were administered without a police officer having proper training or if an error was made in the administration of the test, all those results can be challenged in court by the accused person’s lawyer.