Major Change in the Interlock Program

If you recently agreed to participate in the Interlock Program, the program now requires you to have equipment with a camera. The purpose is to prevent another sober person from blowing into the Interlock equipment. Thereafter, the Interlock participant could be under the influence or driving while impaired.

There are a number of reasons why a driver elected to participate in the Interlock system program:

  • The driver blew a .15 BAC at the police station
  • The driver elected to avoid the Administrative hearing and pay the fee and have the Interlock equipment installed
  • The driver may elect to not drive for 180 days which most people find to be very expensive and impractical to arrange alternative transportation to work or to grocery shopping, to keep medical appointments or obtain other needed services, or to deal with children’s needs for transportation.

When the equipment is installed, there are installation fees and a monthly monitor fee.

Our overall strategy is to request an MVA hearing because when the client has seen us within 10 days of the arrest, we do not have adequate information to challenge the MVA hearing. The client’s temporary paper license more often is unreadable. However, the client needs representation in two venues, defenses in the district court and a challenge as to why the officer stopped him/her.

Under the defenses available, we will most likely have to obtain discovery more quickly from the district court and enable me, as your attorney, to challenge both the district court and the MVA hearing before the Office of Administrative Hearings.

When a driver elects to participate in the Interlock Program, the driver must abstain from alcohol or drugs. Abstaining is hard and difficult. We strongly recommend that the driver actively participate in Alcoholics Anonymous and participate in a court-approved program such as the program offered by Right Turn Impact.

In the Alcoholics Anonymous program, one of the best and most successful free programs, the participant should attend 90 meetings in the first 90 days, then reduce attendance to 3 or 4 meetings a week thereafter and work the AA steps with the assistance of a sponsor. The sponsor is someone who has successfully worked all steps and provides support on how to cope with urges the driver will experience. A person who is dependent on alcohol or drugs or both will likely have many urges to drink or consume drugs or both. Having an AA sponsor, you can be counseled how to deal with the urges you will feel. The sponsor will assist the driver in learning and working the steps.

You may wish to also review other articles on this website addressing the issues of drunk driving.

Fred Antenberg has over 30 years’ experience working with clients charged with alcohol-related offenses in Howard County and other counties in Central Maryland as well as on the Eastern Shore and in Western Maryland. Please call me for a Free Initial Consultation at (410) 730-4404.