Suspension Isn’t Forever, but Learning From Your Mistakes Can Be

While it may be only temporary, just about one of the worst things that can happen to you is to have your driver’s license suspended by the state. In Maryland, it can happen for a number of reasons, but when it does, you will know it, and it will hurt! Suddenly your freedom is restricted, you’re unable to visit friends and family as easily, you’re reliant on co-workers and public transportation to make it to work, and your life is just much more inconvenient than before. Of course, the state relies on this massive inconvenience as an incentive to avoid committing the kinds of traffic violations that lead to license suspension (or revocation!), but to really avoid this worst-of-the-worsts, it’s good to know what can actually earn you this penalty.

How it Can Happen

First and foremost, failing to pay a traffic ticket can easily escalate into license suspension. Often you see the cost of the ticket merely increased by a certain degree in order to give you a nudge in the right direction, so to speak. Eventually, however, your neglect can turn into a serious problem. Even if you pay your tickets, you can still get points on your record, and getting enough points can also escalate into a suspended license: in fact, having 12 or more points will more than likely result in a license suspension for a considerable length of  time.

In other cases, you may be deemed medically unfit, and the MVA’s Medical Advisory Board will remove your right to drive. There are many specific cases that can lead to this result, and if you are concerned that you may qualify, you should investigate the matter further. If you are ever deemed to have any kind of license restriction, in fact, it is possible to have your license taken away if you violate that restriction. Just follow the rules and you should be fine!

Following the Rules & Learning From the Process

Speaking of following the rules, there are some charges that are considered so serious that you can have your license suspended even if you are never convicted of violating them in a Court of law. Two of these charges are driving while intoxicated (DWI) and/or driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol.

Although they are crimes like any others, owing to the incredible danger a driver under the influence poses both to him or herself as well as everyone else on the road (and off), DUI offenders are frequently relieved of their driving privileges for varying lengths of time. Repeat offenders can see their license entirely revoked.


About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.