25 Mar St. Patrick’s Day weekend results in 120 drunk driving arrests
On behalf of Jack B. Rubin, PA posted in Drunk Driving on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
Holidays are often targeted by police for stringent crackdowns on drinking under the influence and with good reason, since holiday celebrations often bring out the booze. One of those holidays in Maryland is the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day. Maryland State Police made over 100 drunk driving arrests between March 14 and March 17. While this can be a serious issue in our state, it is also important to remember that not every person accused of a crime has actually committed it.
Maryland State police report that they pulled over and arrested 120 individuals who they suspected to be under the influence while behind the wheel during this recent holiday weekend. These drivers were arrested after approaching road patrol, saturation patrol and sobriety checkpoints. Several drivers were arrested and charged with DUI after they allegedly caused or were involved in a car accident.
Although 120 people were arrested and potentially charged with drinking and driving, it doesn’t mean that they are all guilty. In many cases, no conviction is ever made, depending on how an investigation progresses. Whatever the case, each person accused of a DUI offense has the right to prepare a defense against the charges or negotiate a plea deal with authorities.
For Maryland residents who get trapped within one of these holiday checkpoints, it may be important to move forward cautiously. It is crucial to approach drunk driving charges carefully, as they have the potential to turn one’s life upside down. With the detrimental effect a DUI conviction can have on individuals, their family members and their careers, such individuals may benefit from preparing a strong DUI defense that not only fights for the most favorable result, but also protects their rights under the law.
Source: Catonsville, MD Patch, State Police Make More Than 100 Drunk Driving Arrests Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, Deb Belt, March 18, 2014