St. Georges County, MD- An off-duty county police officer was charged with DUI after he crashed his patrol car in Bladensburg Saturday.

Prince George County police said that six-year veteran officer, Daniel Gonzalez, 38, was off-duty when he crashed his marked cruiser. The crash occurred at the intersection of Route 1 and Tanglewood Drive around 5:50 a.m.

The police cruiser was the only car involved in the incident. No one was injured. However, the responding officer suspected that Gonzalez was intoxicated.

A breathalyzer test revealed that his blood alcohol level was .13. The legal limit in Maryland is .08. One of the first lines of defense an Iowa DUI attorney may take is to contest the results of a blood alcohol test in an effort to get their client’s charges reduced or dropped altogether.

The incident will be investigated by the St. George’s County special investigations unit. The county’s State’s Attorney’s office will also investigate the incident. As of Sunday, the St. Gorge’s County Online district court records did not report the arrest.

The futures of DUI or DWI recipients are in jeopardy, especially if they are convicted. Minimizing the impact of this offense requires that a DWI lawyer can build a strong defense and possibly have the charges reduced to reckless driving.

The penalties for a DUI can be harsh often requiring the person to surrender their driver’s license, possibly spend time in jail and pay heavy fines. These penalties may affect a person’s ability to keep their jobs or affect their future prospects. An Iowa DUI attorney can appeal to the courts to show leniency and plea for minimized penalties.