When you’re charged with a DUI in Maryland, there are two sets of penalties that are assessed. The criminal penalties are decided upon by the court system and the administrative penalties are enforced by the Motor Vehicle Association of Maryland.
Albers & Associates is here to help you with lessening your penalties for driving under the influence and can guide you through the legal processes of both the criminal hearing and the MVA hearing. Let’s get a bit more familiar with the latter.
Possible MVA Penalties for DUI
While criminal penalties include fines and jail time, the penalties assessed by the MVA will be directly related to your Maryland driving privileges. The typical penalties that are given for DUI in our state are:
First Offense: 12 points are added to your license and your driving privileges may be revoked or suspended for up to six months.
Second Offense: 12 points are added to your license and your driving privileges may be revoked or suspended for up to one year.
Two Offenses w/in Five Years: A mandatory period of suspension is followed by participation in the Ignition Interlock Program.
Your MVA Hearing
The administrative hearings for DUI cases are often held at the office of a Maryland administrative law judge. This judge will represent the MVA and will present their case. You and your DUI attorney will likely be the only other parties involved in this hearing.
If there are witnesses that have a testimony that can be used for or against you, they will be present as well. This hearing is where you are assessed administrative penalties and can fight for lesser charges with the help of your hired legal counsel.
Additional Reasons for MVA Hearings
Getting a DUI in Maryland isn’t the only crime that will require you to attend a hearing with the Motor Vehicle Association. Many traffic violations are subject to penalization by the MVA and often lead to fines and restrictions of driving privileges. These violations include:
- Driving while impaired
- Reckless driving
- Driving without a license
- Driving while on a suspended or revoked license
Your Towson, MD Attorney for MVA Hearings
At Albers & Associates, we are here to help you understand your charges and navigate both criminal and administrative proceedings. We have the expertise and knowledge in Maryland law to advocate for you in any circumstance and fight for your fair treatment. Contact us today for a free consultation for legal help in Towson, MD.