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Drunk and Impaired Driving Laws in Maryland

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In order to safeguard public roadways within the state, it is illegal in Maryland to drive under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances. To regulate this type of dangerous behavior, Maryland has strict laws and penalties for intoxicated or impaired driving. Given the gravity of the potential consequences, drivers should understand… Read More »

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What Happens if a Maryland Driver Refuses a Sobriety Test?

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When Maryland law enforcement officers stop a suspected drunk driver, they will request permission to conduct a breath test to determine blood alcohol concentration. Contrary to popular belief, the driver is not required to submit to this sobriety test; but, if the driver refuses to submit to the test there are immediate and long-term… Read More »

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What is the Ignition Interlock Program in Maryland?

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Drunk driving is a dangerous problem in Maryland, one that results in approximately 171 fatalities and 4,026 injuries each year. To help minimize the impact and consequences of drunk driving and other traffic crimes, Maryland instituted the Ignition Interlock Program. What is an Ignition Interlock Device? An ignition interlock device is a mechanism that… Read More »

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What is the Difference Between DWI and DUI in Maryland?

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Today the subject for examination involves the difference between the Maryland crimes of driving while impaired (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI). The following sections will explore the laws and penalties in Maryland for DWI and DUI. What is the Definition of DWI in Maryland? Under Maryland state laws, it is unlawful to… Read More »

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