Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Planning to Drive Drunk in Maryland—Beware of Harsh New Consequences

   Starting October 1st, if you are convicted of a DUI, you will be required to install an Ignition Interlock device in your vehicle. Maryland is now catching up to other states with stricter drunk driving laws. DUI cases are always serious no matter what state you are in, but prior to October 1st, if you were arrested for DUI in Maryland, you were fairly lucky because the consequences were not very severe.  However, now the consequences are much more severe.  For instance, license suspension periods have been increased significantly —first offense with BAC 0.08-0.14=180 days; BAC 0.15 or more=180 days; Refusal=270 days.
   Again,  before October 1st, anyone convicted of their first DUI in Maryland was not required to have an ignition interlock installed in their vehicle, and in many cases, with good legal representation, these drivers only received a “slap on the wrist.” Now it is more important than ever to hire an attorney if you are arrested for DUI in Maryland because it is more important than ever to avoid being convicted for your DUI.
     If you have been arrested for DUI in Maryland, visit us online at www.portnerandshure.com or call us today at (410) 995-1515 or (301) 854-9000.

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