Drunk driving charges in Maryland can place accused individuals in serious jeopardy and result in significant consequences and penalties for accused individuals if convicted. This is especially true for those who hold a public position or are otherwise in the public eye. For example, in a Maryland community approximately two hours east of the Silver Spring area, a candidate for County Clerk of the Circuit Court for the local county was charged with driving under the influence.
The 45-year old man was charged with DUI following a traffic stop. The man's primary election was coming up. If he was to win, he would face a challenger from the opposing party in the general election in the fall.
Drunk driving charges can result in serious criminal penalties and consequences including license suspension, jail time, fines and other personal and professional consequences. However, individuals who have been accused of driving under the influence do have criminal defense options. Individuals accused of driving under the influence should ensure that their constitutional rights were not violated and that the authorities followed all required procedures as part of their traffic stop and arrest.
Criminal charges, including those for DUI, can have a dramatic impact on the life of the accused individual. Therefore, it is important for people in such situations to understand the criminal justice process and how to assert their criminal defense rights. Criminal defense rights can protect accused individuals from losing their freedom, future and reputation. Thus, it is essential for people to be familiar with their rights and options when accused of a crime.