A drunk driving arrest can impact a person’s life in a number of ways. Any subsequent drunk driving arrests can result in even more damage, including problems with a career. This is precisely what the offensive line coach for the Baltimore Ravens is discovering.
According to Maryland State Police, the 47-year-old coach was pulled over for speeding on the Maryland beltway last September. An officer arrested him after smelling alcohol on his breath and the coach apparently stumbled during a sobriety test.
Unfortunately, this was not the coach’s first experience with the law. In fact, it was his third alcohol-related arrest since December 2007. In 2007, he received probation for driving while visibly impaired in Michigan, and last May he was acquitted of DUI. This current arrest led to two years of supervised probation. He was given a 60-day jail sentence, but that has been suspended.
Since the arrest last fall, the coach has been working hard to stay away from alcohol. Reports indicate he has seen a psychiatrist and psychologist, attended self-help meetings and has passed nearly two dozen random drug tests. A Baltimore County District Court has ordered the coach to refrain from drinking alcohol and to continue with these rehabilitation efforts.
Despite the fact that this case was looming, the coach was promoted from assistant offensive line coach to head offensive line coach at the end of the season. However, it is possible that he may have to spend some time away from the team, as a conviction for driving under the influence is considered a violation of the National Football League’s personal conduct policy.
As this particular case illustrates, a drunk driving conviction can result in problems to a person’s career. That is why a defendant needs a solid defense to fight the charge.