If you are pulled over for DUI in Maryland, you must act quickly to protect your driver's license. From the day of your drunk driving arrest, you only have 30 days to ask for a hearing before the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). If you fail to request the hearing, your license will be automatically suspended 46 days following your arrest.
That is right: The MVA can suspend your license before you have been convicted of drunk driving.
At Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., we can defend you at your traffic court trial as well as your Maryland MVA hearing. Our DWI defense lawyers understand the challenges you face and we will do everything in our power to save your driving privileges or, in the case of CDL suspension, your livelihood. Your freedom matters to us.
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MVA hearings can be just as challenging as DUI cases and require experienced legal help. Our law firm has more than 40 years of experience protecting the rights of clients in Baltimore, Bel Air, Frederick, Glen Burnie, Essex, Towson and across Maryland.
We know Maryland's driver's license suspension laws and what Administrative Law Judges need to see to reduce the suspension period, grant a modified suspension or, in some circumstances, prevent the license suspension altogether.
Maryland MVA Hearing Information
It is your choice whether to request an MVA hearing, but it is often the best choice. Here is why:
- If you registered a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08-.14, you can face license suspension for 45 days
- If you were arrested with a BAC of .15 or greater, you can face license suspension for 90 days
- If you refused to take the breath test, you can face 120 days of license suspension
- You may be eligible in some circumstances for license modifications, including a restricted license allowing you to drive to work, alcohol treatment programs or doctor's appointments
The license suspension period also increases with the number of times you have been previously convicted of DUI.
By choosing not to request an MVA hearing, however, you may be able to enter into the Ignition Interlock Program and retain your privilege to drive by installing ignition interlock devices on your vehicles. Because there are multiple options and the penalties vary depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss next steps.
Contact Our Baltimore MVA Hearing Attorneys
We are available 24/7 to take your phone call. Contact our attorneys for a free consultation regarding your MVA hearing options.