Stricter DUI penalties coming to Maryland after Noah’s Law passes
Noah’s Law passes House and Senate bringing new, stricter DUI penalties to Maryland.
If you have been following the news lately, then you probably heard that Maryland is trying to join other states that require interlocks in all DUI cases, even for first time offenders.
However, a close examination of the final version of Noah’s Law reveals over 50 changes to the original DWI law.
Noah’s Law passes after key changes
The new Noah’s Law takes effect on October 1, 2016, if signed by the Governor.
First time DUI offenders ingnition interlock no longer a MVA requirement
The most significant change debated by legislators was a key provision that require a first time DUI offender with a BAC between 0.08 – 0.14 to install an ignition interlock on their car for 90 days.
Currently, first time DUI offenders that blow between a 0.08 – 0.14 are facing a 45 day suspension of their driver’s license. They also have the option of requesting a MVA hearing and modifying that suspension.
The House rejected the provision requiring the interlock. However, the Senate kept that provision in their third reading of the Senate Bill.
In the end, the House and Senate compromised. Legislators increased the length of the suspension to 6 months. Plus, they gave first time offenders the option of requesting a MVA hearing in order to request a suspension without the interlock for employment, alcohol treatment, education and/or medical purposes.
While the suspension period has increased from 45 days to 6 months, the interlock is no longer a requirement.
Convicted drunk drivers in Maryland must install ignition interlock
The new Noah’s Law also requires ignition interlock for defendants convicted of drunk driving.
Since, most first time DUI offenders end up with probation before judgment, this provision will likely only apply to subsequent DUI offenders.
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