According to The Evening Sun, a Maryland woman is to be sentenced to just over three months in prison, as well as subjected to other penalties on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, trying to disarm a police officer, and driving on a suspended license.
The woman pleaded guilty to the charges in Adams County Court last week and, under the terms of a plea agreement, must serve a 90-day prison sentence for driving with a suspended license after which she is required to complete a 10-day sentence for DUI. Even after these sentences are served, she will be on probation for three years.
The woman was originally stopped by police in Conewago Township on October 9, 2012, when she was trying to leave a property on Pleasant View Drive. Police had been called to the property on complaints of disorderly conduct. Court documents claim that the woman told police that she didn’t have a driver’s license and would not answer their questions. She was removed from her vehicle and taken to the hospital for blood-alcohol testing, but she refused to be tested. While at the hospital, the woman allegedly attempted to remove an emergency room bed mattress, cursed at police officers, kicked one officer in the leg, and even threw herself to the hospital floor twice, refusing to move.
The DUI arrest process is strictly prescribed and the correct procedures must be followed. When additional information, such as driving on a suspended license, is involved, the arrest process can become more complicated. If mistakes are made during this process, an alleged drunk driver may be able to avoid unjust prosecution or excessive penalties, but these mistakes must first be found.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Maryland, knowledgeable DUI defense lawyer Andrew Alpert and his team at the Maryland law firm Alpert Schreyer can investigate the details surrounding your arrest to determine whether any errors may have been made that may be used as evidence in your defense.