Last month, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that their officers arrested 18 immigration fugitives and violators in Maryland during a three-day enforcement operation. Almost all of them had been convicted of driving under the influence. Of the 18 that were taken into custody, 13 were fugitives who had been ordered to leave the country by authorities, and two had been previously deported but returned to the U.S. illegally.
The operation was led by ICE’s Fugitive Operations Program, which is responsible for finding and removing criminal aliens, as well as immigration fugitives. The individuals who are most sought after are those who are involved in street gangs, those who pose a threat to national security, child sex offenders, and those who have received a DUI. This year, the Fugitive Operations Program has made almost 31,000 arrests nationwide. In Baltimore, 756 arrests were made. The 18 who were arrested last month are being held in custody pending removal from the U.S.
This story is an example of how damaging a DUI can be to a person’s life. While most of us do not have to worry about deportation, a DUI can cause huge problems with our careers as well as resulting in a potential criminal record. Maryland has some of the harshest laws regarding drunk driving in the country, even for first-time offenders.
If you are facing a DUI charge in Maryland, contact the Maryland DUI defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC as soon as possible. Our attorneys can help formulate the best defense for you, which could result in lesser penalties or the case being dropped altogether. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-866-444-6363.