St. Patrick's Day weekend is always a festive time when we wear green and enjoy lots of parties and nights on the town. When this holiday is combined with drinking -- as often occurs -- it presents a special challenge for people who need to get home after the night is through.
Because of the increased risk of drunk driving, the Maryland State Police joined forces with regional authorities to increase drunk driving enforcement. They conducted DUI checkpoints and put more officers out on the roads to identify and arrest inebriated motorists.
As a result of these efforts, police in Maryland arrested over 100 drivers on charges of drunk driving during St. Patrick's Day weekend. In addition, state police claim that they gave 3,933 warnings, 999 speeding tickets and 3,039 other types of citations. Furthermore, they stopped a total of 5,843 vehicles. Additional statistics from the holiday weekend show that 141 crashes occurred, including three fatal ones.
Police in Howard County arrested 24 people for alleged DUI. In Harford County, they arrested 15. Of course, at this point, these are merely allegations. In each case of a DUI arrest, the accused persons will have the opportunity to defend themselves against the charges in court.
If you or a loved one was accused of drunk driving in Maryland, you can defend against the charges. At our criminal defense law firm, we will review the facts pertaining to your arrest to determine the best options for answering your criminal charges. In some cases, you might be able to defend against the charges. Alternatively, if conviction is likely, you might be able to negotiate a plea bargain that involves a reduction in punishment in exchange to pleading guilty to the offense.