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Lawmakers work to close ignition interlock devices loophole

A drunk driving conviction in Maryland can result in serious criminal penalties, including license suspension, jail time, and significant fines. In 2016, Maryland passed the Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016, also known as Noah's Law, which specifies that Maryland drivers with drunk driving convictions on their record must have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles.

Consequences to drunk driving in Maryland

If arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the consequences of a conviction on a DUI or DWI has serious consequences. While the penalties vary based on the circumstances, a drunk driving conviction will almost always have a significant effect on one's life for years to come.

When must a driver in Maryland use an ignition interlock device?

It's November, and soon people will be eating their Thanksgiving turkey, celebrating the holidays, and ringing in the New Year. At any of these festivities, it is likely that alcohol will be served. Most people in Maryland will drink responsibly, but a motorist could still be pulled over by police and accused of drunk driving. If a person is convicted on drunk driving charges, the penalties can be significant.

What is the difference between DUI and DWI in Maryland?

Under Maryland law there are two different drunk driving offenses. One is driving while impaired and the other is driving under the influence. There are significant differences between the two offenses. Therefore, it is important to understand the elements of each of these crimes so that you can be prepared if you one day find yourself facing such charges.

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