Nun’s DWI/DUI case noteworthy for myriad reasons

Some of our readers across Indiana might find the above blog post headline to be a bit jarring, given the immediate disconnect that logically seems to exist between nuns and drunk driving charges.

We submit that any such discordance serves well to underscore an initial and fundamental point about drunk driving charges, namely this: Virtually any person can become ensnared in a DWI/DUI matter, without regard to his or her occupation, social status, sex, age or any other defining characteristic.

Indeed, don’t we regularly see DUI-related stories involving citizens across all walks of life who simply found themselves on a select occasion to be in the cross hairs of criminal justice authorities?

Anyone can have a drink or two too many, including doctors, school teachers, astronauts, business CEOs, plumbers, construction workers … and nuns.

And when they do, they can find themselves pitted against the considerable resources of state enforcement and prosecutorial officials.

In the nun’s case, she was convicted of a DWI/DUI charge, notwithstanding her defense that the sleep drug Ambien — and not alcohol — was the primary catalyst that induced her problematic driving.

And that brings up another point, which, as a law firm devoted to the diligent protection of clients’ rights, we take pains to pass along at the Indianapolis -based Patel Defense.

That is this: Every criminal matter is different. Every client we represent has a singular story to tell, with the material facts in every case being distinct.

We work creatively and strategically with those facts, seeking in every matter we handle to fashion an outcome that best promotes a client’s interests.

And that would certainly include a nun.

A drunk driving charge is obviously a serious matter. As we note on our website page discussing DWI/DUI challenges and defenses, a drinking-related criminal conviction can potentially result in “life-changing legal penalties.”

We seek to mitigate adverse results to the fullest degree possible in every case we handle. We welcome readers’ questions and contacts to the firm.