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 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
|1||12/1/2009||FORD, JULIUS WINSTON||61||CHARLOTTE HALL, MD||44||NO||0.19||0.25||Yes|
|2||12/3/2009||BRAMBLE, LORIA JEAN||45||LEONARDTOWN, MD||225||YES||0.00||0.00||Yes|
|3||12/5/2009||MCHUGH, MARTIN JAMES III||22||ST INIGOES,M D||202||YES||NOT OFFERED||0.20|
|4||12/5/2009||ARCHIBALD, HAYLEY DAWN M||36||CALIFORNIA, MD||92||YES||NOT OFFERED||0.14|
|5||12/9/2009||ARNEY, JAMES DONALD||36||MECHANICSVILLE, MD||184||NO||NOT OFFERED||0.13|
|6||12/10/2009||SHORTER, MARCUS DE VON||22||RIDGE, MD||207||YES||0.16||0.14|
|7||12/12/2009||SCHOLTEN, WILLIAM HAMIILTON||47||LEONARDTOWN, MD||39||NO||REFUSED||REFUSED|
|8||12/15/2009||SMITH, JEFFERY ROBERT||43||LEXINGTON PARK, MD||217||YES||0.20||0.16|
|9||12/14/2009||EBERWEIN, JOHN IRVIN||38||MECHANICSVILLE, MD||223||NO||NOT OFFERED||0.00|
|10||12/16/2009||RIESS, MICHAEL BRANDON||22||MECHANICSVILLE, MD||225||YES||0.20||0.17|
|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|
|15||12/27/2009||SMYTHERS, KENNETH MICHAEL||23||HOLLYWOOD, MD||157||NO||0.17||REFUSED|
|16||12/27/2009||CROCE, CARLO ALPHONSO||40||GREAT MILLS, MD||36||YES||0.23||REFUSED|
|17||12/27/2009||FEICHT, TAMMY MARIE||37||CALIFORNIA, MD||218||YES||REFUSED||REFUSED|
|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|
|20||12/26/2009||WATHEN, CHARLES BERNARD||33||MECHANICSVILLE, MD||39||YES||NOT OFFERED||0.21|