Maryland: 3-time DUI offenders Charles Bernard Wathen and William Hamilton Scholten have little to fear from Prosecutors

Charles Bernard Wathen three-time DUI offender.

Charles Bernard Wathen three-time DUI offender.

Third DUI conviction fails to net jail time for Charles Wathen in plea deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz

LEONARDTOWN, MD. Three strikes for a DUI driver and he’s not out.  That is the justice system operated by St. Mary’s County States Attorney Richard Fritz when it comes to Charles Bernard Wathen, of Mechanicsville, Md.

Wathen was charged by St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Deputy Emory Johnson on April 12, 2015 at 6:24 am with DUI as he operated a 1998 Chevy at Cusic Court and Dallas Drive.  In a guilty plea deal with Fritz, Wathen was given no jail time and a fine of $484.50 with $252.50 of the fine suspended.  This deal for Wathen was on the occasion of his third DUI within ten years. Putting together this plea deal with Fritz was DUI attorney Joseph F. Vallario III, of Suitland, Md.

Wathen rang up his second DUI conviction when he was arrested by a Sheriff’s Deputy on Dec. 26, 2009 at 8:54 pm while operating a 2000 Chevy northbound on Rt. 5 south of Foley Mattingly Road and the charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol contributed to a collision.  Represented by Leonardtown Attorney Shane Mattingly, Wathen entered a plea of guilty in a deal with Fritz that ended with a fine of $300 and a year in jail with six months suspended.

Arrested on May 14, 2006, by a Maryland State Trooper while operating a vehicle southbound on Maryland Rt. 5 just north of the St. Mary’s County line, Wathen was charged with DUI. In a plea deal in Charles County District Court and represented by Leonardtown attorney Michael Davis, Wathen was given Probation Before Judgement, fined $92.50 and given a jail sentence of ninety days with all but two days suspended.

William Hamilton Scholten three-time DUI offender.

William Hamilton Scholten three-time DUI offender.

William Scholten Skates on DUI Plea Deals

LEONARDTOWN, MD. – William Hamilton Scholten pays a small price for driving while intoxicated in St. Mary’s County, Md.

When arrested by a St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Deputy for DUI at 9:17 pm on Nov. 9, 2009, on Rt. 5 at Heritage Lane, Scholten struck a deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz for a Probation Before Judgement in return for a plea of guilty in St. Mary’s District Court on Feb. 4, 2010. The deal called for a jail sentence of thirty days with all of the jail time suspended and a fine of $192.50.

Not quite a month passed before Scholten was arrested again for DUI by a St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Deputy as he operated a 2002 Ford on Rt. 245 at Hayden Farm Lane on Dec. 12, 2009, at 5:31 pm.  Scholten was represented by Leonardtown attorney Michael Davis in the first arrest.

In the second DUI, Shawn Hrotic, a public defender, who is paid by the taxpayers, struck a deal with Fritz for his client in exchange for a guilty plea. On Feb. 24, 2010, Scholten was sent to jail for fifty-four days and fined $250.  On Jan. 4, 2011, Scholten violated his probation and was jailed once more.

District Court Judge Greg Wells allowed Scholten to leave the slammer and report to Walden for treatment the day after the plea deal was made, leaving Scholten to spend but one day in jail for his third DUI arrest.

On March 9, 2010, Scholten was arrested by a Maryland State Trooper for reckless driving and DUI, his third such arrest in less than six months. In a plea deal on May 4, 2010, arranged by Leonardtown attorney Michael Davis with Fritz, the DUI charge was dropped and Scholten entered a guilty plea to reckless driving. The Deal: One year in jail with six months suspended and a fine of $500.  District Court Judge Greg Wells allowed Scholten to leave the slammer and report to Walden for treatment the day after the plea deal was made, leaving Scholten to spend but one day in jail for his third DUI arrest.

The following persons were arrested for DUI in St. Mary’s County, Md. by the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department

DATE NAME AGE ADDRESS DEPUTY LIC CON PBT BREATH Photographs
1 12/1/2009 FORD, JULIUS WINSTON 61 CHARLOTTE HALL, MD 44 NO 0.19 0.25 Yes

Julius Winston Ford DUI arrest

Julius Winston Ford DUI arrest

2 12/3/2009 BRAMBLE, LORIA JEAN 45 LEONARDTOWN, MD 225 YES 0.00 0.00 Yes

Loria Bramble DUI arrest

Loria Bramble DUI arrest

3 12/5/2009 MCHUGH, MARTIN JAMES III 22 ST INIGOES,M D 202 YES NOT OFFERED 0.20

Martin James McHugh 3rd DUI arrest

Martin James McHugh 3rd DUI arrest

4 12/5/2009 ARCHIBALD, HAYLEY DAWN M 36 CALIFORNIA, MD 92 YES NOT OFFERED 0.14

Haley Dawn Archibald DUI arrest

Haley Dawn Archibald DUI arrest

5 12/9/2009 ARNEY, JAMES DONALD 36 MECHANICSVILLE, MD 184 NO NOT OFFERED 0.13

James Donald Arney DUI arrest

James Donald Arney DUI arrest

6 12/10/2009 SHORTER, MARCUS DE VON 22 RIDGE, MD 207 YES 0.16 0.14

Marcus Devon Shorter DUI arrest

Marcus Devon Shorter DUI arrest

7 12/12/2009 SCHOLTEN, WILLIAM HAMIILTON 47 LEONARDTOWN, MD 39 NO REFUSED REFUSED

William Hamilton Scholten three-time DUI offender.

William Hamilton Scholten three-time DUI offender.

8 12/15/2009 SMITH, JEFFERY ROBERT 43 LEXINGTON PARK, MD 217 YES 0.20 0.16

Jeffrey Robert Smith

Jeffrey Robert Smith

9 12/14/2009 EBERWEIN, JOHN IRVIN 38 MECHANICSVILLE, MD 223 NO NOT OFFERED 0.00

John Irvin Eberwein DUI arrest

John Irvin Eberwein DUI arrest

10 12/16/2009 RIESS, MICHAEL BRANDON 22 MECHANICSVILLE, MD 225 YES 0.20 0.17

Michael Brandon Riess DUI arrest

Michael Brandon Riess DUI arrest

11 8/17/2009 READ, SHANNA MIA 31 LEXINGTON PARK, MD 198 NO NOT OFFERED 0.18 No
12 8/31/2009 SANDERS, CLINT COURTNEY 49 INDIAN HEAD, MD 196 YES NOT OFFERED 0.12 No
13 12/26/2009 BANKINS, FRANCIS XAVIER 49 LEXINGTON PARK, MD 218 YES 0.15 0.15 No
14 12/26/2009 CARROLL, FRANCIS PATRICK JR 30 WALDORF, MD 218 NO 0.14 0.12

Francis Patrick Carroll DUI arrest

Francis Patrick Carroll DUI arrest

15 12/27/2009 SMYTHERS, KENNETH MICHAEL 23 HOLLYWOOD, MD 157 NO 0.17 REFUSED

Kenneth Michael Smythers DUI arrest

Kenneth Michael Smythers DUI arrest

16 12/27/2009 CROCE, CARLO ALPHONSO 40 GREAT MILLS, MD 36 YES 0.23 REFUSED

Carlo Alphanso Croce DUI arrest

Carlo Alphanso Croce DUI arrest

17 12/27/2009 FEICHT, TAMMY MARIE 37 CALIFORNIA, MD 218 YES REFUSED REFUSED

Tammy Marie Feicht DUI arrest

Tammy Marie Feicht DUI arrest

18 12/29/2009 KUZAWA, RAYMOND PATRICK 26 GREAT MILLS, MD 186 NO NOT OFFERED REFUSED No
19 9/26/2009 RUSSELL, WILLIAM PATRICK JR 24 LEONARDTOWN, MD 129 YES NOT OFFERED 0.19

William Patrick Russell Jr. DUI arrest

William Patrick Russell Jr. DUI arrest

20 12/26/2009 WATHEN, CHARLES BERNARD 33 MECHANICSVILLE, MD 39 YES NOT OFFERED 0.21

Charles Bernard Wathen three-time DUI offender.

Charles Bernard Wathen three-time DUI offender.

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