Practicing in a metropolitan area, it is likely that a Maryland DUI lawyer will represent collegiate athletes against criminal charges of drunk driving. Cases handled are much like the two instances last month of NCAA football players have received driving while intoxicated charges. Sophomore fullback John Douglas, and special teams junior Jason King were both arrested and charged with a DUI.
Douglas, 20, was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. on December 5th and taken to the county jail. King, 21, received his DUI on December 19th. He spent approximately fifteen hours in the county detention center before being released that evening on bail. Neither young man had any previous convictions, nor did they resist arrest. The trial date for King will be on February 18th, 2010, while Douglas will have his day in court on March 11th.
Both boys had significant playing time, making appearances in at least ten games this season. Douglas and King were both candidates to fill the role of academically ineligible player Eric Smith at half back. However, according to head coach Gene Chizik, the boys have been suspended from the team due to their DUIs. Additionally, neither will be playing with their team in the Outback Bowl this year. Douglas, King, and Smith are not the only players who will not take part–freshman quarterback Tyrik Rollison will also miss due to suspension.
In many states across the country, all first time DUI offenders receive a ninety day drivers license suspension. Additional punishments can include serving time in the county jail for up to a year, and paying a maximum of $2,100 fine.
Handling a DUI charge can be a stressful and difficult process. Conviction of DUI charges will have life changing consequences including the loss of driving privileges, fines, and/or jail time. For the best legal defense, it is important to contact an aggressive and hard-working Maryland DUI attorney as soon as possible for representation. Visit our Maryland criminal lawyers website for more information.