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Understanding Maryland’s ignition interlock program

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2024 | CRIMINAL LAW - Drunk Driving

When someone is convicted of driving under the influence in Maryland, they can face many repercussions. One may have to spend time in jail or pay fines related to the conviction. Some drivers will also lose driving privileges after a DUI conviction, especially if they have previous driving-related convictions. When someone loses their driver’s license due to DUI, they may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle before being permitted to drive again.  

How the device works 

The ignition interlock program is monitored by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration. The program is fully automated, making it easier for participants to use. When someone is ordered to participate in the program, they must have the ignition interlock device installed on their car and must use it each time they drive.  

The driver must blow into the device so that it can measure the blood alcohol content through the driver’s breath. If someone blows a BAC higher than .025, the vehicle will not start. The driver may be required to do additional tests while driving. These tests do not require one to pull over or stop the vehicle.   

Legal help for those facing DUI charges 

When someone is facing DUI charges, they may feel worried about their future. One must take these charges seriously and seek legal advice from an attorney who is knowledgeable of Maryland’s DUI laws. While this can be a scary time, anyone in this situation needs to have legal assistance so they know how best to proceed forward when facing charges in court.