Meetings can be scheduled by appointment at various locations for the convenience of our clients. If you can't come to us, we'll come to you.
Baltimore, MD
410.576.4287410.576.4287
Tysons Corner, VA
888.540.2599888.540.2599
By Appointment Only
Bethesda, MD
301.470.7201301.470.7201
Washington, DC
202.659.0555202.659.0555

New DUI Laws Effective November 2016

Posted on: November 23, 2016

November 23rd, 2016
Some new drunk driving laws went into effect in Maryland on Saturday. All motorists should understand some critical details about these news laws and the effects that they will have on Maryland’s drivers.

The Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016

A particularly impactful Maryland law concerning drivers who are under the influence went into effect on October 1, 2016. The Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016, also known as Noah’s Law, requires an individual convicted of certain alcohol-related driving offenses to participate in an Ignition Interlock System Program. These offenses include driving under the influence; driving while impaired while transporting a minor who is under the age of 16; driving while under the influence with refusal to take an initial breathalyzer test; and driving under the influence which causes a death or life-threatening injury.

Noah’s Law also lowers the blood alcohol level at which ignition interlocks are permitted and encouraged to be installed from .15 to .08. Individuals who are under the age of 21 who operate motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol can face charges if their blood alcohol content is above .02. Drivers of commercial vehicles can face charges if their blood alcohol content is above .04.

This program will require convicted individuals to blow into an ignition device every time they start their motor vehicles. Noah’s Law requires that ignition interlock devices be installed for even first-time offenders. Ignition interlock devices are breathalyzer-like devices that prevent a vehicle from starting if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath. Ignition interlock devices also require motor vehicle drivers to submit to additional breath tests throughout a trip. Each interlock device bears the likeness of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta, who died in a fatal collision in 2015 involving a drunk driver while working on a DUI task force.

Noah’s Law will require that individuals who do not permit a vehicle interlock to be installed undergo a nine-month license suspension. Lawmakers hope that the law reduces the rate of drivers operating motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol throughout the state of Maryland. Many individuals in Maryland have expressed the opinion that this law is a significant step forward in prosecuting drunk driving cases and believe that this restriction will generate a significant reduction in fatalities in drunk driving accidents. Other individuals anticipate that Noah’s law will inspire Maryland to join the other 27 US states with current extremely restrictive ignition interlock laws.

Alex and Calvin’s Law

Some laws in the state of Maryland are designed to penalize individuals who provide alcohol to others who then get behind the wheel while intoxicated and cause injuries. A recent Maryland law called Alex and Calvin’s Law is named after two high school graduates who were killed by a drunk driver after leaving an underage drinking party in 2015. Alex and Calvin’s Law is specifically geared towards adults who allow underage children to drink at their houses.

This law adds potential jail time of up to one year for adults who host parties where minors are drinking. Those adults can also face fines up to $5,000. Some commentators have argued that Alex and Calvin’s law is only a partial solution in that it only punishes individuals who provide alcohol to those who then cause injuries while driving under the influence of alcohol. It does not address those people who give alcohol to minors who do not then go on to drive or injure others. This type of behavior is still illegal, but results in less severe charges. The language regarding moments when an individual “knows or should have known” that a minor would eventually drive while under the influence of alcohol is also particularly limiting in nature.

Potential Consequences

A DUI conviction will lead to consequences beyond the installation of an ignition interlock device. A defendant can receive up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for driving under the influence, up to two months in jail and a $500 fine for driving while intoxicated, and up to six months license suspension for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated.

Justin Katz is a personal injury lawyer who represents injury victims in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC
Connect with me

Read Some of Our Recent Client Reviews!

Brittany Peterson
Brittany Peterson
08:19 17 Nov 18
Had a very awesome experience fast settlements... Communication was a A+ ...Strongly recommend Mr.Katz. !!! Ms. Robin made me felt like family was always there when i needed her and when i had a question.
Yarnell Goodwin
Yarnell Goodwin
23:38 15 Nov 18
Got a little more settlement money than expected. Was provided great service and prompt responses. I greatly appreciate it!
Ashley Poole
Ashley Poole
01:05 08 Nov 18
Attorney Bob Katz and his staff are highly recommend. Customer Service was impeccable. Every phone call and email was responded to in a timely manner. Natalie Ulrich was very professional, helpful and thorough every step of the way, which resulted in a stress free experience. I will recommend this law firm to family and friends!
Tania Jefferson
Tania Jefferson
17:51 06 Nov 18
Customer service was A+. All questions were answered promptly and information was shared appropriately. Concerns were addressed and I was made aware of all updates on my case. I would whole heartedly recommend this firm.
edward Robinson
edward Robinson
03:00 06 Nov 18
I highly recommend Mr. Katz and his staff. They were friendly, compassionate and really showed they had their clients best interest at heart. There was never a time you called them they didn't respond or returned your calls and answer your questions.They took the worry, and stress and turn it into reassurance. They were diligent and just down right professional. My wife and I really thank God for allowing us to cross paths on a professional business experience. Ms. Rebecca Slatery is the most courteous, compassionate soul. We wish you all peace, love and blessings. Thank you for your service.
J JR
J JR
20:11 31 Oct 18
I decided to use this firm again for an accident I was involved in. As always they were professional and caring. Rebecca slattery was the paralegal assigned to my case and she was professional and kept me up to date with everything. I would recommend this firm to friends and family!
Cedric Jones
Cedric Jones
19:04 23 Oct 18
Erica Z is amazing with keeping you to date and staying communication with you during the entire process. Meghan Young was a wonderful lawyer made me feel extremely comfortable in the courtroom and she also fights for the best possible outcome for you..GREAT LAW FIRM
Nguyen Le
Nguyen Le
16:44 23 Oct 18
It was a great experience being taken care of by Rebecca Slattery and Meghan Young, they helped me resolve my case and were very courteous and professional. Highly recommend working with this law firm
Soun Gil
Soun Gil
21:35 17 Oct 18
Ms. Park helped me out through my whole accident process. She took her time with me and made sure I understood everything. I would recommend to her all of my friends if they were to get into any accident.
Yejin Chung
Yejin Chung
15:40 12 Oct 18
I highly recommend. My family’s experience with this office was great. Christina Franetovich was very helpful throughout the whole process, which made this experience less stressful. She responded to my questions immediately and made sure that I understood everything.
Claudette Pope
Claudette Pope
13:18 30 Aug 18
I was referred to Gordon & feindblatt in 2014 when my family was in an accident, Mr. Katz personally consulted with me by phone and he was very polite and professional, Mr. Carpuso, one of the litigation attorneys even came out to our home and went over our case with us, he made sure all of our needs was addressed and before he left our home that day I felt like we were old friends. that case was settled and I was very pleased, I have used this law firm twice since then and the results are always the same, I have nothing but great experiences with Gordon & Feindblatt the staff are courteous and professional and they get the job done but the one in particular that really stood out for me is Rebecca Slattery, she is truly a gem, she is so compassionate, she walked me through the entire process, she even checked up on me from time to time just to see how I was feeling and I really appreciated her kindness. I will use this law firm again and again for any future legal issue that may arise and I would highly recommend Gordon & Fiendblatt to friends, family and co-workers.
UniversalSniping
UniversalSniping
02:32 04 Aug 18
The lawyer who was initially handling my case parted ways with the company and I was assigned a new lawyer. This new lawyer was amazing! Christina Franetovich made me feel secure by double checking all the facts and notes in my case so that I was not worried during this transition. I was on disability from an a different accident while she was finalizing my case, and I had called and hounded her about the time frame of my settlement very frequently to the point that I felt guilty for calling so much. Christina was very sympathetic to my situation and assured me that she would do everything in her power to make sure the situation would be resolved quickly. She actually finalized my case before the time frame she had given me, was always very courteous and knowledgable on the phone, and I feel extremely lucky that she ended up handling my case because the previous lawyer was not as amazing with customer service as Christina. She also has a way of making you feel comfortable and builds incredible rapport quickly. I am going to highly recommend her to my friends and family. Thank you Christina!!!
Richard Hose
Richard Hose
02:26 27 Jun 18
On Feb 23, 2017 I was in a bad accident on the JFX. I had been rear end by another driver. Almost immediately I felt pressured by the other drivers insurance. Everything from wanting a recorded statement; to failing to acknowledge responsibility. No one would answer my questions, nor would anyone take responsibility. I was frustrated and overwhelmed with everyone from the towing company, to the repair shop, to the insurance company nightmare I just entered. I reached out to Attorney Robert Katz and I was assured they were here to help. He provided with some much needed information, and told me not to worry, Sarah his Paralegal would be in touch to help get things moving. Sarah reached out as expected and explained their process and walked me through what my expectations would be. She as well assured me they were here to help me navigate the obstacles. What Sarah really did was so much more than help. She took the stress and burden off my shoulders and assumed ownership for handling everything on my behalf. I knew what to expect, and I received regular updates throughout the entire process. Honestly, I received so much more than I anticipated. Some of the most frustrating items to chase after are medical records and hospital charges. While I was trying to recall events and timelines, she had already obtained my records and information. She made this process so painless. I truly cannot say enough about the exceptional service she provided. Many thanks for all your help. Sincerely, Richard Hose
Andrea Barajas
Andrea Barajas
15:13 16 May 18
My husband and I were in a car accident in August 2017. We contacted Bob Katz team for legal representation in our case. Kristen A. Turner was our paralegal and she was excellent. It took 9 months for us to receive our settlement and Kristen kept us updated throughout this entire process. She was very kind and patient as I happened to have several questions. She always answered my questions promptly and thoroughly. I would highly recommend this firm and Kristen if you are in need of legal assistance.
TheOfficalCeeandDee
TheOfficalCeeandDee
15:24 09 Feb 18
My experience here was great. My lawyer Rebecca was so professional and I love her personality. She handled my case well and kept me updated and made the process easy and always made me feel comfortable to call whenever I needed to know anything.
Next Reviews