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Man on probation in Maryland denied bail on new charges

| Apr 18, 2014 | Parole & Probation

People who are on probation are expected to follow very strict rules until their probation is discharged. Even one minor slip up can lead to a probation violation. For one former radio personality, a new charge of driving under the influence has landed him in jail without any bail.

The 50-year-old man pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in October of 2012. He was sentenced to six months in jail, as well as three years of supervised probation with the Maryland Department of Parole and Probation after his release from jail. On Feb. 3, 2014, the man was charged with driving under the influence. Other charges that he is facing include operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, speeding and failing to display vehicle registration when requested.

The man says he has been living in a recovery house away from his family. His attorney said that he “has taken Herculean steps” to deal with his alcohol problem and separate himself from his family. The attorney asked for a reasonable bail or for the man to be released on his own recognizance. The assistant state’s attorney countered that the man was a threat to the public. The judge ultimately ordered the man held at the Harford County Detention Center until his trial on April 28.

When attorneys can prove that their client is making every effort to stay out of trouble and do the right thing, it often has an effect on the judge’s decision. Unfortunately, in this man’s bail hearing, it didn’t appear to help, but the full case has not been heard yet, and there is still time to pull together a legitimate defense for his April 28 court date.

Source: Baltimore Sun, “Former 98 Rock DJ held without bail in probation violation” David Anderson, Apr. 01, 2014