Hearings are held at the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). An administrative law judge will hear your case and notify the MVA of the hearing disposition. The MVA will then update your driving record and actions will be taken if applicable. ... You will be notified by mail of the hearing location, date, and time. Maryland has state-specific rules and guidelines for people arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). There are some basic rules you should follow:
• Hire an attorney immediately.
• There are no requirements that you be represented by an attorney at an MVA hearing, but there are definite benefits. Primarily the ALJ (administrative law judge) will see that you are taking the matter seriously because you retained an attorney to fight for your driving privileges.
• Request an MVA hearing within ten days or your driving privileges will be suspended. Also if you registered a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08-.14, you can face license suspension for 45 days.
• An experienced Maryland MVA attorney will know what documents to present and what to say. (Remember how important it is to drive)
Choose an attorney that is cost-effective. Most Maryland attorneys do not charge large fees for representing you in the hearing so, saving your Maryland driving privileges isn’t an expensive investment.
• A variety of Maryland MVA hearings are simple, and some are complicated. You need an experienced attorney to tell the difference.
• Following a DUI arrest in Maryland, you will be required to face two different court proceedings. It is mandatory to attend both a criminal hearing and an administrative hearing called a Motor Vehicle Administration Hearing (MVA). In Maryland, the MVA is an independent agency responsible for determining whether a driver will have their driver’s license reinstated or suspended following a DUI arrest.
• The Bottom line is Tara Shoemaker will guide you through this jungle.
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At the Law Office of Tara Shoemaker Esq. LLC in Frederick, I represent clients throughout the region. To arrange a consultation, call me at 240-215-3131 or contact me online.