Last month, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program revealed that, as of October 1, 2016, Noah’s law is officially in effect across the state of Maryland.
According to the updated law, any person convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of Maryland is required to outfit their vehicle with an ignition interlock device, or in-car breathalyzer. The law also mandates that, for convicted persons, the device be equipped for a minimum of six months.
The law, which was signed by Governor Larry Hogan back in May, was named for Officer Noah Leotta, a Montgomery County police officer who was struck by a drunk driver during patrol in December 2015. Leotta survived the collision, but later succumbed to his injuries.
In enacting the law, Maryland joins 27 other states across the country that require ignition interlock devices for those convicted of DUI offenses.
DUI Defense in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Driving-related offenses are all-too-common in the D.C. Metro Area, including more severe incidents like those related to DUI. In Washington, D.C. and the state of Maryland, being accused or charged with these types of offenses is not something to take lightly.
In fact, individuals found to be operating a vehicle while under the influence can face a number of penalties, including a minimum jail sentence and/or steep fines, depending on the situation. For first offenders, particularly those who have a BAC of less than .20, the penalty includes both jail time (180 days) and monetary fines of up to $1,000. In cases where a driver has been found with a BAC exceeding .20, or if the driver is a repeat offender, the law requires mandatory minimum jail sentences.
Drivers convicted of DUI will also likely to face consequences from the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), including the suspension of a driver’s license. Depending on the degree of offense, and whether or not the individual has been arrested, the DMV can suspend an individual license for a period of up to one year.
That’s why, in situations involving DUI or suspected DUI, it is important to enlist the assistance of an attorney who specializes in DUI-related cases. Only an Washington, D.C DUI attorney qualified in criminal defense can assess your case and determine a defense strategy that best suits your situation.
Finding a Reliable DUI Defense Attorney
If you or someone you know is facing DUI-related charges, the dedicated attorneys at Lotze Mosley, LLP can help. Our firm has a great deal of experience in representing clients who are facing DUI charges, including those who have re-offended or are facing steep penalties. We understand that mistakes happen, sometimes at a great cost. However, everyone deserves to have their day in court with representation that is invested in their interests, both now and in the future. That’s why our legal team is committed to advocating on behalf of those in need of defense.
We invite you to schedule a preliminary consultation with a member of our criminal defense team, in order to assess your case as soon as possible. To get started, contact the compassionate and committed legal team at Lotze Mosley, LLP today at (202) 393-0535.