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Pennsylvania criminal defense: Impaired by vanilla extract

A Pennsylvania woman was recently arrested and charged with DUI after ingesting a common baking ingredient. Her arrest came about after a resident in Adams Township complained to police that bottles of vanilla extract kept being thrown out near his property. This whole case is a bit unusual, to say the least, and it has put the accused in a situation that would likely best be helped through the services offered by a criminal defense attorney.

According to reports, police received a complaint of empty vanilla extract bottles frequently being thrown out near a residential property. Investigators set up a camera in order to see what was going on, and a woman was apparently captured dumping trash from her SUV. A description of the woman and her vehicle were promptly released, and she was eventually pulled over to be questioned. Authorities claim that this case goes beyond littering, however. The accused, a 61-year-old recovering alcoholic, was supposedly drinking the extract for its alcohol content.

When the accused was stopped, several bottles of vanilla extract were found in her automobile. She allegedly admitted to drinking the extract because she did not want to go to a liquor store. Vanilla extract has a 35 plus percent alcohol content. When the woman was asked to perform a breath test, her BAC was reportedly .128 percent.

A DUI charge, no matter how it is garnered, can carry significant consequences in Pennsylvania if one is convicted. Penalties may include jail time, fines and court-ordered rehabilitation -- among others. The severity of such consequences will be determined based on the details of the event for which one is arrested and the number of offenses on one's record. As every DUI case is unique, one who is accused of such an offense can seek assistance from an experienced criminal defense attorney who will take the time to review the specific details of one's case and utilize a defense strategy that will best serve one's interests.

Source: ksla.com, "Woman arrested for DUI after drinking vanilla extract", May 10, 2017

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