ANNAPOLIS - Those who make the laws are obligated to obey them.
With those words Anne Arundel County District Judge Robert Wilcox sentenced Glen Burnie Delegate Don Dwyer to a year in jail, with all but 30 days suspended and a one thousand dollar fine.
Judge Wilcox called Dwyer's behavior on the night of the boat crash disgraceful.
On August 22, 2012 Dwyer's boat collided with a boat driven by Mark Harbin that was full of his grandchildren.
In court, prosecutors say Dwyer had consumed eight beers and had a blood alcohol level that was more than three times the legal limit.
Judge Wilcox says Dwyer took an oath when he became a delegate that he would uphold the constitution and the laws of the state of Maryland and by driving a boat while drunk violated that oath.
Dwyer's attorney says they're going to appeal.
"We disagree with the judge's decision to treat delegate Dwyer differently than anybody else we think delegate Dwyer should be held to the same standard as any citizen here in Maryland. " Attorney David Fischer says.
But because Dwyer is a legislator the mother of the children injured in the crash says he should be held to a higher standard.
Anastasia Moore says her kids had been looking forward to a nice end of the summer boat ride with their grandfather but instead got severely injured and traumatized.
She says Dwyer's press conferences prior to court were reprehensible.
Moore says she's more concerned about his political future than the people he injured.
"It's appalling it's appalling, I'm appalled I'm very hurt that when he apologized to the family he looked straight at the judge and not looked at us I am appalled at his behavior." Moore says.
Dwyer will keep his seat, his crimes are misdemeanors.
Since he is appealing his sentence is stayed for the next 60 days.
The driver of the other boat Mark Harbin was fined 85 dollars.