Following a DUI or DWI arrest, the MVA will move to suspend your license. Within 10 days, you will need to seek a hearing with them to dispute the suspension of your license and hopefully come to a favorable conclusion.
Is an MVA Hearing the Same as a Court Case?
Thankfully, an MVA Hearing is often much simpler than a full scale court case. The only people present will be you, your lawyer, the administrative judge, and any witnesses you decide you want to have testify. The arresting officer may be summoned in some hearings, but it all depends on the nature of your arrest.
Over the course of the hearing, your charges will be examined and evidence will be presented in the form of a previously created report. After the report is presented, you and your lawyer can make your case. After you have said your piece, the administrative judge will then make their decision. Following that decision, your lawyer may try to negotiate a more favorable outcome for your license.
Will Your License Actually Be Suspended?
Whether or not your license is actually suspended depends on the outcome of the hearing and the outcome of the hearing depends on the nature of your crime. For example, if you blew over a .15 when you took the field sobriety test, then your chances of walking away with no effects on your license might be slim. On the other hand, if this is your first offense, you blew a relatively low BAC, and your driving record is otherwise spotless, your chances will be much better. You may be able to obtain a restricted license where you can still travel to and from work or apply for the ignition interlock program so that you can keep everything moving.
No matter what, going into one of these hearings without a trusted Maryland MVA Hearing Lawyer is setting yourself up for the worst possible outcome. Attorney Albers can negotiate with the administrative judge for you, build your case, and then represent you in court later when you need it. A DUI is serious, but when you have a trusted legal professional on your side, you can ensure that one bad decision doesn’t define the rest of your life.
Albers & Associates is Your DUI Resource
Contact us today to set up a free consultation to go over the details of your case. A DUI conviction can drastically change the course of your life, so don’t leave your case to chance. Work with a lawyer who really will go above and beyond for you.
Will I Lose My License?
You might. Depending on the type of license you have and whether or not you are convicted, your license may be suspended or even revoked depending on the circumstances of your charges. However, even being charged with a DUI can result in the suspension of your license, which can affect your life substantially.
Will I Lose My Job?
It depends on your job. At the time of your arrest, the police officer will confiscate your license and provide you with a paper license that you can use until your MVA Hearing. However, for people who hold commercial driver’s licenses, also known as CDLs, this will not replace the license you need to do your job. So, until the charges are cleared, you will not be able to work. Getting on the phone with a lawyer as soon as humanly possible is essential for your continued employment.
Am I Going to Jail?
You might. If you are found guilty of a DUI, particularly if this is your second or third offense, you may face jail time. One possible outcome of DUI court proceedings, a Probation Before Judgment, can be sought. If you are able to secure a PBJ, you will be able to avoid going to jail.