Understanding Maryland’s Ignition Interlock Requirements

ignition_124049491-199x300Whether you’re facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in Bethesda or another Montgomery County city or town, it’s important to understand that an ignition interlock device might be one of the requirements imposed if you are convicted or if you want to get your drivers’ license returned.

Simply put, an ignition interlock device consists of a breath testing device attached to your vehicle’s ignition, with a small computer to keep track of data. In order to start the vehicle, you must provide a breath sample, which must not test positive for alcohol. The device may also require you to re-test from time to time while you are on the road.

If you are required to have an ignition interlock device installation in Bethesda, you may choose any installer from the list provided by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). Once the device is installed, you will have to return to the installer every 30 days to have the data from the device downloaded. The costs of having the ignition interlock device installed, monitored, and removed are all your responsibility, adding an additional financial burden to the penalties that come with a DUI conviction.

Ignition interlock devices can help you get back on the road, but they can also add to the obstacles you must face when a DUI charge comes your way. At Alpert Schreyer, our experienced Montgomery County DUI defense attorneys can help you seek the best possible outcome in your case and protect your legal rights in court. For a free, confidential consultation, call us today at (866) 444-6363.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.