Following your DUI arrest, the Department of Motor Vehicles (MVA) will automatically suspend your driver’s license. However, you can have your license back if your lawyer succeeds in swaying the court to reinstate your driving privilege.
Not all states have the same DUI sanctions. But most of them suspend driver’s licenses even for first-time DUI offenders. Some states impose the suspension only during the second offense.
In Baltimore, a DUI conviction is based on different BAC thresholds for three categories of offenders:
- 08% or higher for 21 years old and above
- 04% or higher for those operating a commercial vehicle
- 01% or higher for drivers younger than 21
Baltimore also imposes different DUI penalties depending on the type of the offender’s license, age, or prior convictions. In general, a DUI offender in the state faces suspension of license, fines, community service, jail time, installation of ignition interlock device, or DUI school attendance.
Sanctions Facing Offenders 21 Years Old and Above:
For first offense:
- Suspension of license for at least four months
- Payment of $125 for reissuance of license
- DUI school attendance
- Installation of ignition interlock device in offender’s car
- Payment of $1,000 in fines
- Up to six months in jail
For second offense:
- Suspension of license for up to one year
- Over six months of jail time
- DUI school attendance
- SR-22 filing
- Payment of more than $1,000 in fines
With the complexities in DUI cases as partly shown in the different penalties from state to state, it is imperative to get the services of a Baltimore DUI to find the best possible legal option for you.
As previously stated, once a police officer confiscates your license following a DUI arrest in Baltimore, the State will be lenient enough to grant you a temporary driver’s license. This is called the occupational driver’s license, which will enable you to do limited driving for the next month and a half. Most offenders will only be allowed to drive during office hours, say from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Your hearing officer may allow this once you secure a letter from your employer stating that you will only drive a vehicle for work purposes. The officer will order you to submit all your pay stubs to the court to prove that you are complying with the terms and conditions stated in your temporary license.
Upon the expiration of your temporary driver’s license, you may file a petition for a hearing to extend the coverage of that license. The local Motor Vehicle Administration will decide on the merits of your petition, which it could either grant or reject. Once again, this is a complicated process where you need the services of a competent Baltimore DUI lawyer. Failure to follow just one procedure could have an adverse effect on you. At the same time, deliberately disregarding one option could be just fine. For example, requesting for a license extension hearing may do you no good. If you had refused to take the BAC test when you were arrested, or if your test results were double the allowed .08 limit, or if you had previously been arrested for DUI/DWI, petitioning for a license extension hearing may only frustrate you and make the aggravating circumstances of your DUI arrest stand out.