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Ignition interlock required for DUI offenses


Drivers across the country generally know that if their blood alcohol content is 0.08 or higher, they may face drunk driving charges. One of the consequences associated with a DUI in Maryland is using an ignition interlock device if the blood alcohol level is higher than 0.15, or if the driver is a repeat offender.

However, new regulations in Maryland under the purview of Noah's Law have changed this. Now, all drivers who have registered a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher will be required to use the device, which can detect if the alcohol in the driver's breath exceeds a certain level. If it does, then the vehicle will not start.

Drivers can opt into the program, which allows them keeping their driver's license without an administrative hearing. The District Court, Medical Advisory Board or the Office of Administrative Hearings determines who can participate in the program and for how long they must opt-in. Participants must install the alcohol breath analyzed ignition interlock device in their vehicle at their own cost.

Drunk driving charges can have severe short and long-term effects on a person's life. Not only can the driver no longer drive to their place of work, they may also accumulate points on their license that could eventually lead to a suspension of the driving license. However, there are a variety of ways drunk driving charges can be fought in criminal courts in Maryland, such as questioning the very nature of the stop conducted by the police.

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