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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.

Accused Drunk Driver Hits Cop Car, Hands Officer a Beer

Posted On: May 14, 2014
By Tracy Manzer, Price Benowitz LLP Senior Editor of Content
May 14, 2014
A Georgia man who allegedly struck a police car while driving under the influence of alcohol and then offered the cop a beer has made national headlines this month.
People are arrested every day across the country for DUI-related offenses, but Damon Tobias Exum, 37, is standing out from the crowd for his ill-timed generosity.
According to initial police reports, Exum was “heavily intoxicated” and completely unaware Read More...

Maryland Governor O’Malley Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Posted On: April 15, 2014
By Julia Cole, Price Benowitz Junior Editor
Yet another U.S. state has passed legislation decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. According to the Washington Post, on April 14, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a bill that reduces the penalty for possession of less than 10 grams of the drug to a civil fine, much like a traffic ticket. Once the law goes into effect on Oct. 1, offenders will no longer risk facing jail time if convicted of Read More...

Maryland Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Posted On: April 9, 2014
By Tracy Manzer, Price Benowitz Senior Editor of Content
Maryland lawmakers on Monday signed off on a number of historic and important pieces of legislation before adjourning for the year, including a bill that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The Washington Post reports that the General Assembly finalized a cache number of bills, including one that outlaws “revenge porn” and another that increases the penalties for those found guilty of causing car accidents while using a handheld cell Read More...

Maryland Man Charged With DUI After Hitting Police Cars, Other Drivers

Posted On: March 24, 2014
By Julia Cole, Price Benowitz Junior Editor
The consequences associated with driving an automobile after drinking excessive amounts of alcohol are wide-reaching and, sometimes, even lethal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 alone, over 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes. According to WUSA9, one drunk driving-related crash that occurred last month in Waldorf, MD did not lead to any deaths, but it did result in injuries to several people — including two police Read More...

Affluenza Teen Sentenced

Posted On: February 6, 2014
By Price Benowitz Staff Writer
February 6, 2014
When one thinks of legal justifications for manslaughter, typically three arguments come to mind: self-defense, “heat of passion”, and insanity. However, a recent event that has captured the national media and general public’s attention has introduced a new element into the equation – “affluenza”.
In June of 2013, a 16-year-old driving a pickup truck in Tarrant County, Texas hit and killed four individuals and seriously injured two passengers. At the time of Read More...