The former president of the county bar association pleaded guilty Thursday to a drunken-driving charge in Frederick County District Court.

Marshall Thomas Horman, 42, of Frederick, pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol per se, admitting that his blood alcohol concentration was over the legal limit for driving of .08 when he was pulled over by a Frederick police officer at 12:50 a.m. Aug. 10 in the 600 block of West Second Street. A breath test later confirmed Horman’s blood alcohol concentration was .16 at the time of his arrest.

Washington County District Judge Mark Thomas presided over Thursday’s hearing, sentencing Horman to probation before judgment with a year of unsupervised probation.

A Frederick native and co-founder of the Frederick-based Horman Nichols law firm, Horman was appointed president of the Bar Association of Frederick County on the association’s 2018 executive committee, a position he had resigned from as of Thursday, according to Susan Puhala, a private lawyer who represented Horman.

“He regrets what occurred and is looking forward to putting it behind him and proving that this incident won’t define him,” Puhala said when reached for comment after Thursday’s hearing.

Prosecutors agreed not to pursue eight more offenses filed against Horman as a result of Thursday’s guilty plea. Horman was initially facing charges including driving while impaired by alcohol, reckless driving and negligent driving.

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Jeremy Arias is the police and crime reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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(22) comments

pappyjoe

RR my insurance does not mind me taking all the crutches you describe, but I do pay a little more on the cigs so please don`t lose any sleep over it[smile]

rbtdt5

Speaking of DUI, Our alderman's court date is coming up in 2 1/2 weeks.

pappyjoe

RR not at all[smile]that was 4 decades ago just like Kavanaugh! Did party a lot then and never harmed anyone and can speak the same for our New JUDGE but now I go out occasionally for a beer and socialize. Won`t drink at home alone cause that is a example of drunkard. Oh! by the way, met Chuck in New Market last nite on the candidates meet and greet. Shook Chucks hand giving him a early congratulation to his upcoming WIN[wink]

RepublicanRussian

Did you have a beer with Jenkins or has he stopped drinking

RepublicanRussian

Driving drunk should be a felony. MAGA

pappyjoe

Laws have really changed in FC. My first and only DWI 4 decades ago I received PBJ but also supervised probation for 2 years and had to attend AA for one of those years with a report of presents to my PO. If I should ever get jammed up again my mouth piece will be Horman / Nichols Law Firm[smile]

RepublicanRussian

Pappyjoe no wonder you’re supporting Jenkins your a dunkard. [scared]

RepublicanRussian

Unlike Virginia the punishment for driving drunk in Maryland is a slap on the wrist.

richardlyons

PBJ for DUI? Hmmm, I wonder if such a sweet deal would be made if he were not the President of the Frederick County Bar Association?

Burgessdr

PBJ for DUI for first offense is routine. Has nothing to do with his position.

richardlyons

and the 8 other offenses that were dropped. also routine, no doubt.

rbtdt5

Yes, that's how a plea deal works.

rbtdt5

It's not a "sweet deal" Everyone get PBJ for their first DUI.

richardlyons

Not so, do your homework.

rbtdt5

I have, go do yours. Please give me an example of someone getting more than PBJ for a first offense DUI not involving an accident.

richardlyons

OK so now you've added "not involving an accident" . Any other amendments. My point is that his being President of the FC Bar Association likely played a role in his sentence. You disagree. There is a bridge in Brooklyn you might be interested in.

rbtdt5

He wasn't in an accident. You have to make it comparable. Give an example of someone going to jail in that was in the same situation. Maybe his job played a role but he really didn't get off any better than anyone else. It's really pretty standard. Call any attorney and ask them what a first time DUI is looking at, they'll tell you if you don't believe me.

cbyounger

Unsupervised probation - very unusual in a DUI, even first time.

rbtdt5

ok cb. He pulled some major strings and got unsupervised instead of supervised. I guess I don't see the big deal.

richardlyons

We clearly disagree. Have a good weekend.

slsmithmd

I sat through this hearing yesterday, both the States Attorney and Horman's Attorney went back into the Judge's chambers, I witnessed it. How often does that happen for the common folk?

CDReid

One of his charges was "DRIVER FAILING TO GIVE TURN SIGNAL CONTINUOUSLY DURING LAST 100' OF TRAVEL BEFORE TURNING." I wonder how many people are aware of that requirement? I thought it was 50' in a town/city and 100' out in the country.

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