Drivers charged with DUI or DWI will sometimes feel a sense of shame or embarrassment. They may even try to keep the drunk driving charges or penalties a secret from friends and family. However, the reality is that thousands of people of all ages from all walks of life get charged for this crime here in Maryland. Anyone who drinks alcohol likely has driven after consuming an alcoholic beverage. Obviously, this is generally okay as long as they stay under 0.08% blood alcohol content and there are no other charges.
There is a perception that a specific type of person gets pulled over by the officer. Many assume that:
- The driver is an alcoholic.
- The driver charged with DUI has a history of drinking and driving.
- The driver charged with DUI has often been charged for other crimes at other times.
It can be anyone
Amidst the million-plus people charged each year, it is not uncommon for public figures to face charges. Many will remember running back Bernard Pierce getting arrested the year he helped the Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII. Former Oriole all-star Albert Belle was charged in 2018 with an extreme DUI. Actors like Vince Vaughn and Kiefer Sutherland (twice) have been charged. Maryland politician Jay Walker was pulled over for DUI in 2020.
Everyone is equal under the law
These peoples’ arrests make local or national news. But just like everyone else, they may face a license suspension, potential time in jail and fines. They take these matters seriously by hiring an attorney to protect their rights under the law. The lawyer also helps ensure that the police had probable cause for pulling them over and properly conducted the roadside test.