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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.

MD Bus Driver Gets DUI on way to Field Trip

Posted On: March 2, 2015
A bus driver in Maryland was pulled over and arrested for DUI after other drivers called to report a bus swerving and running cars off of the road. Police located the vehicle and found that the woman driving was on her way to pick up kids from a Montgomery County school for a field trip. Police noted there were at least four containers of alcohol on the bus. The driver is being charged with 23 traffic violations including DUI, reckless Read More...

Woman Charged For 4th DUI With Kids in Car

Posted On: February 27, 2015
A Kansas woman has been arrested and charged with DUI and endangering a child after she was pulled over for drunk driving while her two kids were in the car. According to reports this is the woman’s fourth DUI charge, 3 of which came with at least one child in the car. The woman, Mary Elizabeth Womack, already had a breathalyzer device in her car when she was pulled over. She is currently on house arrest and is required to Read More...

Coach From ‘Remember The Titans’ Movie Arrested For DUI

Posted On: February 26, 2015
Actor Will Patton, most famous for playing assistant coach Bill Yoast in the Disney football movie Remember the Titans, was arrested yesterday in South Carolina for DUI. Patton, who is from Charleston, was released on bail and is set to go to court next month. This is the 60-year-old Patton’s first DUI charge.

MD Woman Charged With DUI After Hitting Snowbank

Posted On: February 25, 2015
A Maryland woman has been arrested and charged with DUI after allegedly running off the side of Deep Creek Drive and hitting a snowbank. Maryland State Police who responded to the scene said the woman, Alisa Shafer, shows signs of impairment and was taken to the hospital. She is being charged with DUI and other traffic offenses.

DUI Suspect Chokes Deli Worker Over Food

Posted On: February 24, 2015
A Delaware man is being charged with DUI, strangulation and a series of other charges after allegedly choking a Wawa store employee who he said didn’t prepare food the way he wanted. According to reports the man threw a display stand at the employee before putting his hands on her neck and throwing her to the ground. The man in question then allegedly attempted to drive away but was stopped by police.