Drunk driving charges are serious and carry potentially serious penalties and consequences. In a Maryland community southeast of the Silver Spring area a man was recently arrested on drunk driving charges. Following the traffic stop, the man is facing multiple DUI charges including a failure to have a required ignition interlock device. According to authorities, they were patrolling when they noticed a vehicle swerve over the center line. Authorities reported that when they pulled the 41-year old man over, he had an open container of beer in his vehicle.
According to the police report, authorities believed the man was under the influence and began a DUI investigation. They reported that the outcome of the investigation was that the man was driving under the influence. They also reported that he was required to have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle but did not have one at the time of the traffic stop.
The man was arrested and is facing multiple charges including driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired, driving a vehicle with alcohol in blood in violation of an alcohol restriction, consuming an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle, driving a vehicle not equipped with an interlock as ordered and additional traffic charges. Drunk driving charges can alter an accused individual's life in an instant. Individuals who have been accused of DUI, or violating other requirements associated with a DUI, face potential criminal penalties and additional administrative consequences.
Because of the serious nature of drunk driving charges, it is important that accused individuals are familiar with criminal defense protections from the time of their stop, to the arrest and beyond. Accused individuals should understand how to assert their criminal defense rights and protect themselves when facing DUI charges.