In 2008, law enforcement officials across the State of Maryland arrested nearly 24,000 people for driving while intoxicated. A significant portion of this number are repeat offenders, convicted of drinking and driving more than once. An experienced Maryland DUI lawyer sees this all too often, as many represented clients have been cited for multiple alcohol-related infractions. There is recent example where police charged a Maryland man for crashing into a retired judge, that ironically relieved him of a previous DWI punishment in 1998.
Over ten years ago, Maryland resident Rene Fernandez drove near Gaithersburg in the early morning hours when a police officer noticed him driving erratically--he quickly turned right into a parking lot and spun out before coming to a stop. After law enforcement officials performed several sobriety tests, Fernandez's blood alcohol content registered at 0.14, nearly twice the legal limit.
Just a few weeks later, Fernandez received his second Maryland DUI charge and the case was brought in front of former Montgomery County District judge Edwin Collier. Originally, the judge sentenced Fernandez to 60 days in jail, but Judge Collier eventually suspended the sentence. The repeat offender was given a year of supervised probation and required to submit to drug and alcohol testing.
Fernandez went 11 years without receiving a Maryland DUI. In August 2009, Fernandez was driving northbound on Woodfield Road. After allegedly swerving across lanes on the highway, Fernandez sideswiped a Dodge Dakota on his right. Driving the other vehicle was Edwin Collier, the judge that suspended his jail sentence in 1998. As a result of the most recent DUI charges, Fernandez was in court last Wednesday, facing eight charges including causing life-threatening injuries while intoxicated.
Facing DUI charges in the State of Maryland is a complicated and difficult process, regardless of how many convictions a person has had. As seen by the example of Rene Fernandez,a DUI can have life-changing consequences, including the loss of driving privileges, fines, probation, and/or jail time. Therefore, it is important to seek the highest quality legal advice and legal representation by retaining a hard-working Maryland DUI attorney today. Acting quickly will help ensure that your case has the best possible outcome.