Many people are well aware of the consequences of a drunk driving conviction. You can lose your driver's license, be ordered to pay expensive fines, and even have to spend time in jail, depending on the circumstances of your case. When thinking about DUI charges, however, it is easy to overlook the social repercussions.
Take, for example, the situation of the former University of Maryland assistant basketball coach. He has been considered a major asset at Maryland and other college basketball programs. His extensive recruiting connections, among other abilities, helped him earn more than any other assistant coach in the NCAA for a time. That all came crashing down when he was charged with his third DUI since 2008.
In October, the coach was stopped for drunk driving and other charges. After taking leave from his coaching duties, the Terrapins assistant coach resigned from his position.
On top of the harsh penalties that can come with a second, third or fourth drunk driving charge, the former coach for Maryland was forced to leave his job. As word gets out about his history of drunk driving arrests, he may have difficulty finding another job in the industry.
When your livelihood is at stake because of a DUI charge, it is important to know that there are ways to challenge the charges. By examining all aspects of your case, including the accuracy of a breath test or field sobriety test, it may be possible to build a strong defense to protect your freedom.
Source: Sporting News, "Maryland assistant coach resigns after third DUI," Mike DeCourcy, Nov. 27, 2013