In New York City, as well as in other cities all across the U.S., drivers are subject to vehicle and traffic laws when they operate motor vehicles on public roadways. When motorists are accused of breaking those laws, they face consequences that may have an impact on more than just their driving record.
A state delegate in Maryland was recently charged with multiple traffic violations, including DUI. According to reports, law enforcement witnessed the man driving recklessly and pulled him over. In addition to having expired registration, he was also reportedly driving close to 20 mph over the posted speed limit. His arrest has led to some questioning the man’s ability to operate in his position as a state lawmaker. While there is no policy requiring his resignation or removal, there are members of his opposition who are calling for it.
These are not the first allegations of the lawmaker violating traffic laws. He is reportedly awaiting sentencing from a 2012 DUI charge from a boating incident. He appealed the initial sentence of 30 days in jail. It was not reported how the second charge could affect the sentencing, or if his prior conviction will in any way impact the consequences of these most recent charges.
Traffic violations and their consequences vary in their severity. Depending on the charges and a driver’s DMV record, motorists could face fines, points, license suspensions and even jail sentences as a result of traffic related charges. If you have multiple outstanding traffic tickets, or if you have been charged with a more serious, criminal traffic offense, it may be of benefit to speak with an experienced attorney. In addition to answering your questions and explaining your options, a lawyer can look out for your interests and ensure your rights are upheld.
Source: CBS Baltimore, “Del. Don Dwyer Arrested For DUI; Pleaded Guilty To Drunken Boating Earlier This Month”, August 20, 2013