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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.

Tennessee Bill Would Deny Sale of Alcohol to Repeat DUI Offenders

Posted On: March 26, 2015
Lawmakers in the state of Tennessee are talking about a bill which would deny the sale of alcohol to anyone with three or more DUI’s on their criminal record. According to the bill, a big “No Alcohol Sales” would be stamped on their ID stopping them from being able to obtain alcohol with a license. Republican John Holsclaw is sponsor of the bill.

Driver of Beer Filled Semi-Trailer Arrested For DUI

Posted On: March 25, 2015
A Canadian truck driver, who happened to be hauling a truck load of beer, was arrested for DUI after he being spotted driving erratically. Once pulled over by Police, the driver was administered a breathalyzer which he failed. The driver were taken in while the truck of beer was impounded.

Former NFL Safety Blaine Bishop Serves Time For DUI

Posted On: March 24, 2015
Over the weekend, former Tennessee Titan safety Blaine Bishop served 48 hours in jail after pleading guilty to a DUI he received in December. Bishop, who played for the Titans from 1993-2001, was pulled over for speeding and eventually cited for DUI.  Bishop currently works as co-host of a sports-talk show.

Maryland Teen Charged for DUI After Hitting 8 Other Vehicles

Posted On: March 23, 2015
A Frederick County man was arrested yesterday (March 22) after allegedly hitting as many as 8 vehicles before falling asleep at the wheel. The 18-year old was located in a nearby parking lot with a significant amount of damage to his car. The teen is being charged with hit and run and DUI as police noted a strong odor of alcohol when he was arrested.

Colorado Governor’s Senior Media Adviser Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Posted On: March 20, 2015
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s senior media adviser was arrested in Denver on suspicion of driving under the influence. Max Potter was first pulled over for driving without lights around 11 p.m. when officers noted slurred speech, staggering, bloodshot eyes, and a strong odor of alcohol. Potter underwent a sobriety test and was arrested for DUI, failure to display headlamps, and failure to display insurance.