Category Archives: DUI
4 Versions Of DUI/DWI Laws & Penalties In Maryland
Maryland Code of Transportation Section 21-902 establishes the laws against and penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI). Although these crimes appear under the same statute, DUI/DWI can fluctuate based on the type of substance involved, the number of previous offenses (if any), and the circumstances of the offense…. Read More »
Does Maryland Require Ignition Interlock Systems For DUI?
Maryland law prohibits any person from driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of substances. Any person who commits DUI in Maryland can face serious consequences — up to and including confinement and fines. In addition to these criminal penalties, DUI offenders in Maryland can also face the requirement of… Read More »
Manslaughter & Homicide by Vehicle or Vessel in Maryland
The Maryland Criminal Code prohibits any person from driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. When a person loses the ability to drive safely and carefully due to consumption of these substances, DUI charges are often appropriate. In certain situations, a person can face charges other than DUI for negligent operation or… Read More »
Dissecting 4 Types of DUI & DWI Offenses in Maryland
In certain places, driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI) are essentially interchangeable. Under Maryland law, however, these are actually separate offenses, each with its own punishment structure. At this juncture, it is important to note that Maryland escalates the punishment for repeat DUI or DWI offenders. The same is true… Read More »
What is the Maryland Approach to Ignition Interlock Systems?
Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is an exceedingly dangerous behavior that leads to harm, injury, and even death. To curb this impact, Maryland law requires DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock system for a predetermined amount of time. Once installed, these systems measure for intoxication to help safeguard against… Read More »
How Does Noah’s Law Impact Drunk Drivers in Maryland?
In Spring 2016, the State of Maryland introduced Noah’s Law to help combat driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. This law came into being after a drunk driver collided with and subsequently killed a Maryland police officer. Recognizing the terrible cost of this type of incident, Maryland instituted Noah’s Law in… Read More »
Drunk Driving Suspected in Maryland Crash That Kills Three Kids
A 27-year-old man could face criminal charges for driving under the influence (DUI) in Maryland after causing an accident that killed three children and injured two adults, reported NBC affiliate WJAC. This fatal car crash occurred at approximately 10 p.m. on December 30th. At that point, the man was driving south on Indian Head… Read More »
Drunk and Impaired Driving Laws in Maryland
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 »
What Happens if a Maryland Driver Refuses a Sobriety Test?
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 »
What is the Ignition Interlock Program in Maryland?
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 »