Bakersfield Teacher Charged with 3rd DUI

Posted by Troy Slaten | Aug 01, 2013 | 0 Comments

A teacher in Kern County in Bakersfield, CA was charged with DUI this month. While this is upsetting to some already, the story gets worse. This is her third DUI in ten years and she may not even lose her job.

ABC news reports that 38 year old Brandi Lynn Sherman had two previous DUI convictions since 2011. For most people, the prospects of a second or third DUI charge are frightening. With one DUI conviction, your insurance rates to go up but, for the most part, will not have a large effect on your career. Multiple DUI arrests can lead to termination and sentences increase with each subsequent conviction. Fortunately for this teacher, the school where she works is going to let her resume her position when school returns in the fall. Most people are not so lucky and will be terminated for having multiple convictions or for having to miss work in order to serve time in jail or go to court imposed obligations like community service and probation officer meetings.

In California, when a person is arrested for DUI, police look back into their criminal record ten  years to look for any prior DUI convictions during that period. If there are convictions, every subsequent DUI will result in greater penalties if convicted. The more convictions one has, the more serious consequences will be.

Sherman may or may not be asked to resign, but either way she should defiantly seek alcohol treatment. Repeat DUI offenses in such a short period often mean that the driver suffers from alcoholism or drug addiction. This can even work to their advantage in court if the suspect asks for counseling or treatment instead of jail time or probation. In her current state, Sherman is probably not going to keep her job much longer and may even cause a serious accident one day.

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Troy Slaten

Troy Slaten is the managing attorney for Floyd, Skeren & Kelly's Criminal Defense practice. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He then went on to earn his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.


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