In Maryland, we have very strict laws regarding driving under the influence. Some of the penalties drivers can receive if they are convicted are criminal penalties, like fines and jail time. However, there are also administrative penalties that are assessed by the Maryland Vehicle Association (MVA) that involve your driving privileges.
How to Protect Your Driving Privileges
Here are the ways you may still be able to keep certain driving privileges and obtain a shorter revocation or suspension period:
#1 – Challenge the Officer’s Probable Cause for Stopping You
If you enlist the help of a reliable Maryland DUI Lawyer to help build your case, you can fight your charges by either:
- Proving the officer did not have probable cause to stop you in the first place. If there is no supportable reason for the stop, the events that followed the stop (a sobriety test, arrest, etc.) may be inadmissible in court and charges may be dropped.
- Questioning the police officer’s assessment that you were under the influence. If your DUI charge was given based on the officer’s conclusion that you appeared to be under the influence (due to bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, unsafe driving, the smell of alcohol), you may be able to provide other reasons for those actions if they stem from a medical condition, recent mouthwash use, etc.
#2 – Register for the Ignition Interlock Program (IIP)
A way to keep your driving privileges when you are convicted of a DUI is to agree to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed in your vehicle. This device requires you to blow into the mouthpiece to confirm you have a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.0, meaning you’ve had no alcohol before driving, in order for the vehicle to turn on.
#3 – Work with an Experienced Maryland DUI Lawyer
One of the best ways to save your license and avoid harsher penalties after your DUI in Maryland is to work with the professionals at Albers & Associates, where we specialize in cases that involve driving under the influence. Our experts have a proven track record of successfully lowering penalties for our clients convicted of DUI. We are dedicated to advocating for you every step of the way and will do all that is in our power to get you the best possible outcome.
Contact us today to set up your free legal consultation and find out how we can help save your license after a DUI conviction.
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.