Driving is necessary for most people. You commute to work, take your kids to school, and run errands daily, making the ability to travel by motor vehicle very important.
But what happens if you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs? Simply put, unless you request a hearing with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and successfully argue against suspension of your Maryland driving privileges at that hearing, your driver’s license will be suspended. While you may be able to get a restricted license in lieu of a suspension under specific circumstances, you may still face restrictions that will cause your professional and personal life to suffer. What makes matters worse, is that you may not even be aware that your license was suspended, or that you could have prevented the suspension by requesting and attending a hearing. You may even drive without realizing your license was suspended, resulting in arrest and additional penalties if you are caught by law enforcement officers.
Why You Want to Contact a Lawyer
By immediately retaining the services of an experienced defense attorney, you not only have the best chance of preventing a driver’s license suspension, you may also avoid unknowingly driving on a suspended license and facing additional consequences.
What Happens if I’m Caught Driving on a Suspended License?
Under § 16-205 of the Maryland Transportation Code Annotated, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) may revoke the license of any person who is convicted for a crime under § 21-902, which makes it illegal for any person to drive under the influence of or be impaired by alcohol or drugs.
If your license is suspended or revoked under the aforementioned law and you choose to drive without a valid license, your vehicle will be impounded or immobilized. § 27-111 states that if a vehicle owner’s license “was suspended or revoked under § 16-205” and the owner of the vehicle was driving it, then a court may order the immobilization or impoundment of the vehicle for a maximum of 180 days.
Protecting Your Right to Drive
The laws surrounding a DUI arrest are purposely complex, which is why it is imperative that you immediately consult with an attorney who understands state DUI laws and has a proven track record of successfully defending those charged with DUI and/or DWI. Your right to drive is directly related to how quickly you act after your drunk driving arrest.
At Alpert Schreyer, our knowledgeable attorneys have a thorough understanding of both the criminal and MVA penalties and procedures involved in a DUI arrest and are prepared to effectively fight for your driving privileges and your freedom. Lead by top rated attorney Andrew Alpert our legal team has helped many clients keep their driving privileges, avoid jail time and minimize the impact of a DUI arrest on their everyday lives. To find out how we can help you, call us today at (866) 444-6363 for a free case evaluation.