Driving under the influence carries serious MVA DUI Consequences
MVA DUI consequences may still exist even if you are found not guilty at trial in the district court or circuit court for driving under the influence. It’s a common misconception among potential Maryland DUI clients that if they are found not guilty at trial or have their case dismissed by the State, then their MVA license suspension or restriction will end, too.
That is not the case. In fact, the MVA and courts are very different entities that may have an effect on your driver’s license and freedom.
If you are charged with a first offense DUI in Maryland, then you are facing serious MVA DUI consequences such as a suspension of your driving privilege or admission into the MVA’s interlock program for one year. Typically, a suspension or the interlock is imposed on your driver’s license before your trial date in the district court.
At trial, if you are found not guilty by a judge or jury, then you will face no punishment by court. However, your MVA suspension or restriction will stay in place.
The same is true if you request an MVA hearing and win your case at the Office of Administrative Hearings. You can still be found guilty at trial in court and go to jail or be placed on supervised or unsupervised probation.
It’s important that you contact an Maryland DUI Attorney when you are arrested for driving while impaired because you face different consequences at the MVA and in court. An DUI Lawyer can help you evaluate potential defenses for your MVA hearing and court trial. Additionally, an attorney can help explain to you the difference between an MVA hearing and court trial.
Contact Westminster DUI Attorney Ross W. Albers to schedule a free consultation
The Law Office of Ross W. Albers is located in Carroll County, Maryland and represents client charged with driving under the influence throughout Maryland. Maryland DUI Attorney Ross W. Albers is a former Baltimore City DWI prosecutor and a Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star in Criminal Defense: DUI. The Law Office of Ross W. Albers is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense.