Typically, after you’ve been found guilty of driving under the influence, you’re driving privileges are restricted or suspended for a period of time. If they have been suspended and you’re found behind the wheel you can face very serious penalties and punishments in addition to those imposed upon you for your DUI conviction.
It is important to understand that having your license suspended is a serious matter. Even if you’re driving simply to get to work, school, or a court-mandated alcohol education program, driving with a suspended license is not advisable or legal.
Getting Pulled Over
When your license is suspended by the MVA, the suspension is added to your driving profile, meaning it’s accessible in police databases. When it’s time to serve your suspension, your license is surrendered to the MVA, where it’s held until the end of the suspension. During this time if you’re pulled over, the officer can quickly determine that you’re driving on a suspended license and arrest you.
If you live in the state of Maryland, being caught driving while your license is suspended is punishable with up to 1 year in jail, fines, and a longer suspension period. Depending upon the circumstances of your suspension, you may even have your driving privileges revoked altogether.
What Should I Do if my License is Suspended?
While having your driving privileges suspended might be inconvenient, driving with a suspended license is against the law and not worth the risk. During your license suspension, it’s important to find alternative means of transportation. Whether it be getting a ride from a friend, family member, or coworker; using public transportation such as the bus or local subway system, or even calling a cab; it is essential that alternative transportation should be used.
There is also the possibility of applying for a restricted license. A restricted license still allows you to drive, but only during certain times of the day and to limited locations. With a restricted license, you’re still able to get to and from work, school, or court-mandated programs such as community service or alcohol education programs.
The ramifications of a DUI can last for a long time. If you’re facing DUI charges or have been arrested for driving with a suspended license, contact the legal offices of Alpert Schreyer Poe today. Their experienced attorneys will build an aggressive defense on your behalf, help you fight the charges you are facing and keep your license. Call or go online today for a free case evaluation with an experienced DUI lawyer today.