Question: How might a keyless ignition impact a non-driving DUI charge in Maryland?
Answer: Well, I think it actually is better for you if it’s a keyless ignition, because when a key is taken out of the ignition and put into somebody’s pocket, that would obviously show a clear intent to not be driving. However, if it’s a push-start or a keyless entry car, it’s often how we attack the officer’s version of events. Very rarely does an officer say, “Oh, it’s a push button.” When asked on cross-examination, “Well who pulled the keys out of the ignition,” if they said that the car was on, and they say, “I pulled the keys out of the ignition” and it turns out to be a push-start, then it just comes down to the officer’s credibility.
It doesn’t have a lot of effect on it, just that it’s often easier to turn off a push-start car because you don’t need to go through the actual process of pulling the keys out of the ignition.