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.
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.
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.