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Maryland court sentences former coach on drunk driving charge

Back in October of last year, a former Maryland assistant basketball coach was arrested for driving under the influence ("Maryland coach charged with drinking and driving," Oct. 28, 2013). In that story, it was reported that he received a drunk driving charge after being involved in what police characterized as a DUI-related accident. Recently, a judge sentenced Dalonte Hill on a charge of driving under the influence.

He was sentenced to serve seven days in a Maryland jail to be followed by probation for one year. This was not Hill's first charge for DUI. It was the second time he faced such a charge here in Maryland, but it was his third DUI. His first was in 2008.

At the time of his arrest, he was an assistant coach for the University of Maryland Terps. He was connected with the AAU program's DC Assault, which put him in a position to become known for recruiting players. He was making $300,000 a year working for the Terps. This was less than the $400,000 he made as an assistant coach for Kansas State.

This drunk driving charge forced Hill to give up a lucrative career in college basketball — at least temporarily. Hill's case illustrates the potentially devastating consequences a DUI conviction can have on an individual's life. For that reason, it is imperative that anyone accused of such a crime understand his or her rights in this situation. Sometimes, a person's livelihood is at stake right along with the legal penalties that could be imposed because of a conviction. Mounting a vigorous defense against the charges could save an accused person much more than just time in jail.

Source: NBC Sports, "Former Maryland assistant sentenced to seven days in jail", Rob Dauster, June 18, 2014

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