Updates To Maryland's DWI/DUI Laws

Noah's Law — or the Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016 — Alex and Calvin's Law and other newly introduced statutes create several important revisions to drunk driving laws in Maryland. If you have been charged with a DWI/DUI offense, it is important to know about these changes because they could directly affect you.

Do not try to negotiate with a prosecutor on your own. Protect your rights. Talk to a Maryland DUI attorney at Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., about your options.

The Changes To Maryland's DUI Laws

The modifications include heavier penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol as well as an expansion of the Ignition Interlock Program. New policies also make parents liable for minors who drink at their homes and then go on to cause injuries or death in a car crash.

Consequences were already severe for drunk driving charges in Maryland, but they are even steeper as of October 1, 2016. The penalties include:

• Installation and use of an ignition interlock device for six months after failing a police-issued breath test with a blood alcohol content reading of .08 or higher
• Installation and use of an ignition interlock device for nine months or driver's license suspension for refusing to take a police-issued breath test
• Up to a year in jail for parents who allow minors to drink at their homes, who then leave and hurt themselves or others in a car crash
• Up to 15 years in jail and fines of $15,000 for people convicted of vehicular manslaughter after previous charges of driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol

Additionally, the length of time you are required to use an ignition interlock device increases for subsequent offenses.

Providing Aggressive Defense

At Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., our goal is to keep the effects of statute changes to a minimum for you and your family as we work to assert your rights. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of DUI/DWI law and ask the appropriate questions of everyone involved to generate the best results possible in your unique case. We know you are scared about the legal process to come; trust us to use our 40 years of experience to minimize the damage and keep your reputation intact.

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No matter how complex your case is or what obstacles you and your family face, our lawyers are by your side. Schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation by phone at 443-529-0795. Alternatively, you can reach us online.

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