Here in Maryland, the law dictates that anyone convicted of driving under the influence who had a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher at the time of his or her arrest must participate in what is known as the ignition interlock program.
What this means is that before they can start their vehicle, they must first blow into a breathalyzer machine that is connected to their ignition. In the event the breathalyzer detects alcohol in their system, the vehicle will not start.
Interestingly, there is now growing support among state lawmakers for Maryland to join the ranks of 21 other states in creating a mandatory ignition interlock lock program for all people convicted of driving under the influence.
If passed, it would mean that anyone who exceeded the legal limit of .08 — even first-time offenders — would have to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle.
While reports indicate that the ignition interlock bill appears to be stalled before the House Judiciary Committee, it could only be a matter of a few years before this becomes the new norm in the Old Line State.
If nothing else, it serves to illustrate just how seriously this state treats drunk driving, and how those facing any sort of DUI charge should give serious consideration to speaking with an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
That’s because the possible consequences may include everything from a fine and license suspension to increased insurance premiums and even incarceration. This is not to mention, of course, the possibility of an ignition interlock device.
At the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA, we have extensive experience handling DUI cases and know what it takes to build a strong case. Please visit our website to learn more about how we can help protect your future.
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