On October 1, 2019, Maryland passed a number of new laws regarding many different topics including animal cruelty, criminal justice, citizenship, and more. We’re here to share with you today the newest laws that went into effect last month in Maryland regarding Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and related subjects.
HB0707: Drunk and Drugged Driving Offenses – Penalties
This law has been modified to establish an increase in the penalties that are allowed when Maryland residents are found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Specifically:
- For drivers convicted of vehicular homicide while impaired, the maximum jail term or imprisonment has increased from 3 to 5 years.
- For drivers convicted of vehicular homicide or of causing a serious injury or fatal crash while impaired who have prior convictions, the maximum imprisonment has doubled from 5 to 10 years.
HB0055: Transportation – Ignition Interlock System
This new Maryland law states that all new ignition interlock devices must be equipped with cameras before installation. The cameras capture still images that can be used as proof of violations during the breath analysis process that occurs before the driver is allowed to turn the vehicle on.
HB0088: Criminal Law and Civil Offenses – Classifications
This law has been enacted to now classify (1) consuming an alcoholic beverage in public under certain circumstances and (2) possessing an alcoholic beverage in an open container under certain circumstances as civil offenses, rather than criminal offenses. As civil matters, these offenses will likely have lessened penalties
Staying Updated on DUI Laws in Maryland
Maryland frequently makes updates to current laws or passes new laws regarding many different issues. As the state continues to crack down on drunk driving, it’s important to remain updated and aware of these new laws. The last thing you want is to receive charges without fully understanding the laws in place in our state that allow those charges to be justified.
Looking for a DUI Lawyer in Towson?
The professional DUI attorneys at Albers & Associates specialize in Maryland law and are always up-to-date on the latest rulings in the state. For more information on the new laws passed in Maryland, or for assistance with your DUI, personal injury, criminal, or other cases in Towson, contact us today.