Driving is an essential part of everyday life for most adults in Maryland. Without a driver’s license, it may be difficult to get to work, go grocery shopping, or handle other daily tasks. Even if you haven’t been convicted of a DUI or DWI, there is a strong chance you may be facing some form of license suspension when you are arrested and charged.
Minimum License Suspension for a DUI
Along with fines and possible jail time, you will also face license suspension when you are convicted of a DUI or DWI in Maryland. Even if this is your first offense, you could be looking at a minimum of 6 months without your license. For 2nd or 3rd offenses, the minimum time period increases in increments of 6 months.
However, these minimums will only affect you if you are convicted. During your DUI arrest, the arresting officer will most likely take your license and give you a paper permit for the interim. The paper permit will be valid until the MVA decides what is going to happen to your license. You will have 10 days to appear at an MVA hearing to plead your case and potentially avoid suspension. Failing to do so will result in immediate suspension.
You should also be aware that refusing to take a breathalyzer test will result in immediate suspension of your driver’s license according to the implied consent laws in Maryland.
A Hardship License During Suspension
If your license has been suspended , you may be eligible to apply for a restricted license. A restricted license will have limitations you will have to adhere to or else you will face further penalties. Your restricted license may only allow you to go to and from work, attend school, seek emergency medical care, and/or travel to and from alcohol programs.
This can be a very helpful option for people who need to continue to work during the period of their license suspension. For more information on your options, discuss your case with an experienced Maryland DUI lawyer.
An Ignition Interlock Device Can Help
In some cases, having an IID installed within your vehicle can be a prerequisite for obtaining a hardship license. Though it may be inconvenient, an ignition interlock device can mean the difference between driving and not—which can mean the difference between having a job, or not.
Albers & Associates Can Help You
A qualified attorney can mean the difference between facing the loss of your driving privileges and maintaining your quality of life. A Maryland DUI lawyer can fight for your rights in both the MVA hearing and the criminal trial, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Your consultation will be free, so contact us today and we’ll discuss your options.
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.