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Maryland DUI Law – New Interlock Ignition Bill Waiting on House Approval

As the legal career of a dedicated Maryland DUI lawyer revolves around representing people who have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated, it is important to make the public aware of any new changes in state legislation that could potentially affect these cases. Recently introduced legislation would mandate that all individuals convicted of a DUI install an interlock ignition system into their vehicle as part of their sentence.

The interlock technology forces a motorist to blow into a breathalyzer system that would prevent the car from starting if the results registered over the legal limit. However, amendments were added allowing an exemption from this requirement for defendants who received probation before judgment in their DUI case.

Before the legislation can become law it must pass through the Maryland House of Representatives. And, as of last Friday, the bill remained in the House Judiciary Committee for deliberation. The group in charge of reviewing the bill is currently debating proposals only requiring those with blood alcohol content results registering between .12 and .15 to have the interlock system. Although these figures are well above the legal driving limit in the State of Maryland, the proposed changes would create a new category of “one sip over the line,” making it easier for those convicted of a DUI to regain their personal liberties and freedoms after fulfilling their sentence.

Being accused of driving while intoxicated is a difficult and strenuous process for anyone to go through, regardless of the circumstances. As seen by the new bill being debated by the Maryland legislature, DUI and DWI charges can have life-changing and permanent consequences, including the loss of driving privileges, probation, fines, and/or jail time. For the highest quality legal advice and legal representation, it is vital to contact a hard-working and experienced Maryland DUI attorney immediately. Doing so can also help ensure the most positive outcome for your case.

Arizona Driver Arrested For DUI After Taking Cop Car, Turning On Siren

Posted On: May 27, 2015
An Arizona woman is facing two counts of aggravated DUI after allegedly taking a friend’s police car and driving to a fast food restaurant. Elizabeth Jean Moore, was taken into custody after turning on the siren while at the drive thru of a Jack-in-the-box. After being arrested Moore’s BAC was found to be .11. According to reports the deputy’s wife and two 12-yea-old girls were also in the vehicle.
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Suspected DUI Driver Hits Disability Transport Bus in Maryland

Posted On: May 26, 2015
A Maryland driver suspected of DUI has been arrested after allegedly crashing into a disability transport bus in Laurel, Maryland. The crash took place in front of Laurel elementary school where both vehicles had to be towed away from the scene. No one was believed to have been injured in the crash.
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San Jose Man Arrested For DUI After Urinating on Median, Hitting Police Car During Escape in Van

Posted On: May 21, 2015
A San Jose resident has been arrested on suspicion of DUI after urinating on a median and then driving away in a minivan. According to reports the man, 37-year-old Yrineo Pantoja, then refused to stop for police eventually clipping one of the officer’s patrol cars before stopping. Pantoja is facing a series of charges. No one was reported injured in the accident.
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Elementary School Assistant in Tennessee Drives Students, Charged For DUI

Posted On: May 20, 2015
An administrative assistant at an elementary school in Tennessee is being charged for DUI after allegedly driving 14 students to a party while under the influence. Toni Gioioso, who worked at the school for 16 years, was observed driving erratically, crossing double lines and nearly hitting several cars head-on while driving the elementary school’s van. Once pulled over Gioioso admitted to taking antidepressant and blood pressure medications and failed sobriety tests. She had no prior history of arrest.
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MD Man Indicted for Negligent Homicide for DUI Crash

Posted On: May 19, 2015
Following a five month investigation by Maryland police, a man has been indicted for negligent homicide for a fatal single vehicle crash that killed one and injured three more. Karl Tomanek, is being charged with DUI and negligent homicide after his truck crossed the center line and crashed into a tree. Tomanek and three other passengers were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle.
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