For many Maryland residents, the summer is a time of family fun and activities in the hot sun. In many of these situations, it’s certainly not uncommon for adults to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two. Usually, the drinks stop after a few and everyone heads home unharmed and tired from a long day of good times. But having a few too many drinks and getting behind the wheel could lead to an arrest for driving under the influence, or even worse, could lead to a serious or tragic accident.
After a few alcoholic beverages, people lose their abilities to think rationally; they may feel invincible. They may think less of potential hazards and may do things that sober people know are not wise. This includes getting behind the wheel.
Once on the road while intoxicated, things are equally dangerous. Motor skills and reflexes are compromised and a person can find it harder to focus on the road. Judgment, too, is impaired, perhaps causing a feeling of invincibility to take over, driving a person to do things that are especially dangerous or risky.
Laws in the United States, including Maryland, address the risks and dangers associated with driving under the influence. There are strict penalties for drunk driving. But even if you have been arrested for DWI, you still have rights. If you are facing drunk driving charges, it might be in your best interest to reach out to criminal defense team to fight the charges. They may notice a breach in protocol or steps taken that could lead to a dismissal of charges. Your future is worth protecting.