Attorney Jacqueline Goodman is defending the rights of a bus driver accused of lying on their employment and commercial driver's license applications about a medical condition that made it dangerous to drive. This lie, the prosecution claims, led to an accident that caused injuries to four students. In cases like this one, where the rights and freedoms of the accused are at stake, it is crucial to retain the services of a proven criminal defense attorney.
Bus Accident Leads to Injuries
According to the prosecution, the accused did not tell the doctor that examined them for their commercial driver's license or the school district that they suffered from a condition that caused dizziness, seizures, and blackouts. Only by withholding this information, were they eligible for a job driving school buses for Orange Unified School District.
On April 24, 2014, while the accused was driving El Rancho Charter Middle School students at the end of the day, they fell unconscious. At 50 miles per hour, the bus drifted off the road and crashed into a few trees.
Four students suffered injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Brain bleeds
- Shattered spine
- Toe amputation
As a result of this accident and subsequent injuries, the accused is being charged with child abuse, child endangerment, and perjury. If convicted, they face 19 years in prison.
How Can Attorney Goodman Help?
Attorney Goodman seeks to show that the defendant did not lie on their applications since they were informed by medical professionals that they eligible to drive. In addition to the doctor's testimonial, the Department of Motor Vehicles was aware of the condition and held a hearing where they determined that the accused was able to drive. Since multiple diagnoses indicated that this condition would not be a danger to their operation of a motor vehicle, the driver did not list it as a cause for concern.
Being convicted of these charges can obviously carry serious penalties for the driver. It is at these moments that the defense chosen is so crucial. That is why Attorney Jacqueline Goodman is on the job, working to build a strong and credible defense.