A charge of driving under the influence of alcohol can cause a person many sleepless nights. Just being accused of DUI can be stressful and even humiliating, often causing damage to a person’s reputation. That’s particularly true for public servants, including police officers. A conviction usually comes with significant penalties, although being accused of DUI does not necessarily mean the accused individual will be convicted.
Crash blamed on drunk driving
Recently in Severna Park, a detective was charged with driving under the influence after being involved in a crash. The accident happened at night near Gov. Ritchie Highway and Jones Station Road shortly before 8:30 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. According to reports, authorities responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash and found a vehicle that had hit a road sign.
After speaking with the driver, officers reportedly observed signs of impairment and placed the man under arrest. Apparently, the driver is a 15-year veteran of the Anne Arundel County Police Department and recently worked as a detective with the Criminal Investigation Division. Reports indicated that he also received other traffic-related offenses. Reportedly, the officer has been suspended with pay pending an investigation.
There are options available
Getting hit with a DUI charge can be overwhelming. However, those who have been charged have options to consider. Those in Maryland who receive DUI charges have the right to obtain legal representation and formally contest the charges. Retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney could prove invaluable and ensure the protection of personal rights.