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.
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...
Posted On: January 28, 2014
By Price Benowitz Staff Writer
Jan. 28, 2014
A District of Columbia appellate court has ordered the release of police records showing Breathalyzers used in the nation’s capital were unreliable, prompting speculation that the revelations may justify overturning hundreds of drunk driving convictions dating back four years.
Tom Ramstack at The Legal Forum, notes this isn’t the first time the Metropolitan Police Department’s Breathalyzer, the Intoxilyzer 5000EN, has generated legal concern. An initial round of court action was launched about Read More...
Posted On: January 24, 2014
Written by Price Benowitz Staff Writer
Many people have never received a DUI, and most never expect to get one; but, as Justin Bieber has taught us this week, never say never.
Early Thursday morning, a Miami Beach Police Officer initiated a traffic stop of Bieber’s yellow Lamborghini for drag racing at the intersection of Pine Tree Drive and 41st Street – a residential neighborhood in which the speed limit is 30 mph. The officer wrote in the arrest report Read More...
Posted On: December 31, 2013
During New Year’s celebrations, nowhere is safe!
A quick study of drunk driving and other crime stats for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and you might decide your health and safety would be best served by staying locked in your house for the next 48 hours.
Studies by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggest that early morning hours of the New Year make January 1 the most dangerous drunk Read More...
Posted On: December 12, 2013
A crash course in how not to enter a bar
DUI’s are no laughing matter. They can end or at least wreck lives. And careers. But sometimes, when you hear of a truly ridiculous DUI case, you can’t help but quietly chuckle and shake your head. That’s an understandable reaction when you read about Warwick, Maryland resident Douglas Lyn Taylor, who earlier this year, according to local police, crashed his truck into a bar and began trying to make his Read More...