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What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

To reduce the number of drunk drivers on Maryland’s roads, our state launched a program that uses technology to stop DUIs before they happen. The Maryland Ignition Interlock Program places a device on someone’s vehicle to prevent them from driving if they’ve been drinking. Since the program was introduced, there have been many misconceptions about […]

How has COVID-19 affected DUI prosecutions?

Across the U.S., DUI arrests are down dramatically during COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t drinking and driving right here in Baltimore. On a weekend in May when 103 people were charged with violating Governor Hogan’s stay-at-home order, police made 29 DUI arrests in the Baltimore area. The police themselves are struggling to deal […]

If I’m Pulled Over By Police, Do I Have To Do a Field Sobriety Test?

If a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving, the next few minutes are of critical importance to your future. Worried and scared, most people do whatever the officer requests, including taking a field sobriety test. But are you required to do so? The answer is no. People routinely decline these tests […]

Are DWI and DUI in Baltimore the Same Thing?

Maryland was once among the top states for DUI/DWI accidents. In response, our state enacted tough new laws, including harsher penalties and an ignition interlock program. Today, Maryland is among the 10 states with the fewest alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the country. Still, there’s plenty of confusion about what it means to be charged with […]

Penalties for First-time Drunk Drivers

When you’re charged with a first-time driving under the influence offense, it’s a scary situation. This could be the first interaction you’ve really had with the police and your mind will be swirling with worries about what could happen next. Can you fight the accusation? Does your clean driving record matter? Will you lose your […]

Your Next 10 Days After a DUI Arrest in Maryland

Did you know the 10 days after a Maryland DUI are critically important to your future? Buried within the paperwork you’ll receive, there’s a notification about a 10-day period that impacts your ability to keep your driving privileges. Miss this crucial window of time, and you may face a more drawn-out process with harsher penalties […]

What Happens When You’re Charged With DUI or DWI in Baltimore

When we’re driving, we all have little lapses in judgment that can ruin our day. Perhaps we’re in a hurry and aren’t aware we’re driving over the legal speed limit on our commute into Baltimore. Or maybe we need a reminder that we don’t always have to be driving over a speed limit to get […]