DUI/DWI and Violation of License Restrictions

DUI DWI and Violation of License Restrictions

After you’ve been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), it is possible to have restrictions placed on your driver’s license rather than face suspension. In addition, there are other restrictions that may be placed on your license related to alcohol consumption. The process can be complicated, however, so it can be helpful to have a DUI attorney on your side to help you. Once these restrictions are placed on your license, it’s important to follow those restrictions, or you will face consequences.

Restricted Licenses

If you have refused to submit to a breathalyzer test or have a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or higher, you will not be eligible for a license restriction. If you have a BAC of .08-.14, you may be eligible for license restrictions. You must show good cause for needing a license restriction, such as you need to drive to and from work or school, to alcohol education, or to medical appointments. These good cause reasons will need to be shown at the Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MVA) license suspension hearing.

There are other license restrictions related to DUI that are automatic. If you are under 21 years of age, you also have an automatic license restriction. Drivers under 21 are restricted from a driving a motor vehicle with a BAC between .02 and .08. In addition, if you have an ignition interlock device placed on your vehicle, you are restricted from driving a vehicle that does not contain the device or from driving with a BAC over the limit.

Violating License Restrictions

If you violate the restriction on your license, the MVA is required to either suspend or revoke your driver’s license. If the license restriction is alcohol-related, the Administrative Adjudication Division (AAD) of the MVA will move to suspend or revoke your license immediately. Sometimes this will happen before you pay a fine or appear in District Court. If you violate more than one restriction, you will receive multiple suspensions to be served concurrently. When this happens, you may request a hearing to show good cause why your license should not be suspended or revoked.

Contact an Experienced DUI Attorney

If you’ve violated an alcohol-related license restriction, you should have an experienced lawyer on your side. Contact  the lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC or call us at 866-444-6363 for a free consultation today.

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.