Many people may have heard of an ignition interlock device, but they may not be aware of how it operates. They measure a driver’s blood alcohol content and then disable the car’s ignition if the driver’s breath contains alcohol. This prevents a driver from operating the vehicle if they have alcohol in their system. This type of a lock is generally mandated by judges for drivers convicted of drunk driving.
Each state has its own laws regarding ignition interlock systems, but in Maryland the law has recently undergone a change. Where previously an ignition interlock device was required for a driver who was convicted of drunk driving with a blood alcohol level of .15, the newly passed Noah’s law requires an ignition interlock device for anyone who has been convicted of drunk driving in the state. The bill has passed both the Senate and the House and is now in front of the governor, who is expected to sign it.
Any type of criminal conviction can cause problems for the convicted-from employment opportunities to living opportunities-everything is limited. However, with a drunk driving conviction a driver may also lose their license and therefore not be able to commute to work. They may also have to incur additional costs of hiring a taxi every time they need to step out of the house. Therefore, not only is it a permanent mark on their record but also a nuisance in their daily life.
Keeping abreast of changing laws is very important. In addition to this, it is also very important to take DUI charges seriously from the onset. It may be possible to contest the original breathalyzer results or the reason for the original stop. An experienced attorney may be able to assist Maryland residents with constructing an aggressive defense.
Source: Fox 5, “Noah’s Law passes on last day of Md. Legislative session,” Tom Fitzgerald, April 11, 2016