Alexandria Ex-Chief of Police Faces Collateral Consequences of a DUI Arrest

In July 2009, a police chief was caught driving drunk in an unmarked city car after being in a fender-bender in Arlington County, according to a Washington Post article. Speaking publically now for the first time regarding his DUI arrest, the former police chief’s story reveals just how serious and all-encompassing DUI consequences can be.

According to the article, the arrested man was with the Alexandria department for about 20 years and served as chief for the last three. One of the most detrimental consequences of his DUI arrest was having to step down from a job that he loved. He also continues to experience the distress and embarrassment of being a man with a criminal record. But that is not all. Recently, when the former Alexandria police chief was on the phone attempting to get a new life insurance policy, he was told, “There’s nothing I can do for you.”

Difficulty in obtaining life insurance is a commonly unspoken collateral consequence of a DUI arrest, and it doesn’t stop there. As would be the case for others in the ex-chief of police’s situation, his career in government is probably over. It may also be very challenging for him to find employment again since many employers will not hire a person that has a DUI conviction on his or her record.

The article also mentioned that the former chief will not be able to rent a Zipcar for seven years. Other consequences the ex-police chief has had to endure include forfeiting his driver’s license for a year (subjecting him to having a 90-year-old friend drive him around), having to complete 20 hours of alcohol education, and serving a mandatory sentence of five days in jail for having a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 (twice Virginia’s legal limit).

In reflecting on the repercussions of his DUI arrest, the former police chief said, “There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t have a period of sadness…the consequences are devastating.” In an effort to make sure that these kinds of life-altering experiences, including the feelings of humiliation and regret, do not happen to others, the ex-chief has invested much time in voluntary DUI-prevention outreach. In speaking publically, delivering his message to both officers leading high-profile cases and inmates at the Alexandria jail, the former chief also tells his story in a YouTube video, entitled “Even a Police Chief,” released by the local anti-drunken-driving group Checkpoint Strikeforce, and plans to address a high school class and cadets at another police agency.

What happened to the former police chief is something that can happen to anyone. His story teaches us many things regarding the penalties of a DUI conviction and demonstrates how devastating the consequences can be in reaching far beyond a jail sentence or license suspension. With this in mind, a person arrested for DUI in Maryland does in fact have legal rights that deserve to be defended in such cases. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI in the State of Maryland, please do not hesitate to contact the skilled Bethesda DUI defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC for a free consultation. We are highly familiar with the many collateral consequences of a DUI conviction, and know what it takes to obtain a successful outcome for you in your DUI case. Call 866-444-6363 today.

Source article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/31/AR2009103100985.html

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.