Motorists in Silver Spring may have noticed an increased police presence on the roads over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays. In fact, police in Montgomery County cracked down on DUIs in the seven-week stretch from November 14 through January 5, via its Alcohol Holiday Task Force. As of January 2, 2019, 286 individuals were arrested for drunk driving during this timeframe.
The task force concentrated on enforcing DUI checkpoints, issuing citations those who host parties where alcohol is consumed by minors and performing compliance checks at places where alcohol is sold. This is due, in part, to certain laws that have been enacted to prevent such incidents. For example, under Maryland law, any person convicted of a drunk driving offense — even if it is a first offense — must install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. This law was enacted after an officer on the alcohol task force lost his life when he was struck by a drunk driver. In addition, under “Alex and Calvin’s Law,” those who host underage drinking parties could be incarcerated and fined $5,000. This law was enacted after two high school aged students lost their lives in a car accident after attending an underage drinking party.
If a person is charged with a drunk driving offense, they could face very severe penalties. In addition to having an ignition interlock device placed on their vehicle, they may also have to spend time in jail and pay hefty fines. This could affect their job, their reputation and their day-to-day life.
Therefore, when one is facing a DUI or other drunk driving offense, it is important that they wage a strong defense against the charges they face. Part of formulating an effective defense strategy is ensuring that one understands how the law will apply to the facts of their case. Attorneys can provide advice on these matters, so clients can make informed decisions regarding their defense.