I got charged with a DUI (first time ever in trouble with the law). I refused the breathalyzer. The MVA requires participation in the interlock program upon refusal of a chemical test or if you blow a 0.15. I was no where near 0.15 (much less a 0.08). I regret not blowing. I'm commuting to graduate school in the fall and will be using the family car. I don't own or co-own the vehicle, and my parents use it often. They don't want this IID installed in their car but realize I still need to drive to school. I'm currently halfway through an alcohol education course. Additionally, I just took out a large loan for school and can't really fit this IID into my budget. Is there any way to get a restricted license without participating in this interlock program? I've already requested a hearing date
I refused the breathalyzer because:
a) I had heard that was the best thing to do even if you had only one drink earlier in the night. (I now know this is bad advice.)
b) I've heard of plenty of false readings from breathalyzers.
c) I was unaware of Maryland's laws. I didn't want to risk blowing even a 0.01 for fear that could have landed me a DWI. (I had three beers earlier in the night, and it had been a couple of hours since my last when I was pulled over. My driving was not impaired. I got pulled over for a tag light being out.)