We’ve all heard the horror stories of people leaving their children or pets in hot cars on summer days. Unfortunately that stories aren’t new and they’re not becoming any less frequent, despite lots of warnings and an effort to raise awareness. One of the stories that you don’t hear very often, though, is the story of kids leaving parents in hot cars – okay, this guy wasn’t a kid, but he did leave his 98-year-old wheelchair bound mother in the car while he gambled his day away at Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, MD. He’s not exactly winning the Son of the Year award.
A Maryland Live! Security guard spotted the woman in the car and reported that she had no water and the window to the vehicle was barely cracked. On an 81 degree day, this could’ve proven fatal for Dwight McGinnis Jr’s mother. Though the woman was very disoriented when police officers found her and began questioning her, she did live through the ordeal. The officers gave her some water and helped her to get some air after they discovered her. At that point, she was able to help them identify and track down her son, who was arrested at 7:25 PM when he returned to the vehicle. McGinnis is facing charges of vulnerable adult neglect. Since his mother was wheelchair bound and unable to help herself out of the vehicle, she is considered to be a vulnerable adult, by both age and disability. For this charge alone, McGinnis could be facing up to 10 years in prison or a $10,000 fine – wonder if he made enough gambling to pay a fine like that. It doesn’t help that he also has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court for a suspended driving charge, which could add more jail time and fines to his sentence.
McGinnis currently does not have a Maryland criminal lawyer listed, which could be a very severe mistake for him. He’ll need all of the backing that he can get to help him lessen his sentence. While there’s almost no doubt that he will have to endure some sort of punishment, a good Maryland criminal lawyer may be able to help him lessen his sentence or fines. Robinson and Associates is a criminal defense firm. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, contact us for a free review of your case. To schedule your free consultation, give Robinson & Associates a call at 443-524-7395 or visit our websitewww.MarylandCriminalLawyer.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.