When you are arrested for driving under the influence, it is more than likely that your driver’s license will be confiscated by the arresting officer. Being without your driver’s license can be extremely inconvenient and frustrating, and it can be difficult to know how to proceed without it. Read on to learn more about license suspensions after a DUI and how Bruce Robinson & Associates can help you cope with them.
If your license is suspended after your DUI arrest, in most cases you will be issued a temporary driver’s license that allows you to drive for up to forty-five days after your arrest. After the forty-five days have passed, your license will be officially suspended unless you have requested a hearing. In certain cases, you will be granted an extension of your temporary license if, for instance, you need transportation to alcohol education or treatment programs. You may also be able to retain your driving privileges by consenting to an ignition interlock device being installed in your vehicle; this device prevents the vehicle from being started if there is alcohol detected on the driver’s breath.
Can I Prevent My License from Being Suspended?
In order to prevent your license from being suspended, you may request a hearing. The burden of proof falls upon the MVA in the case of a hearing to prove the following criteria were met:
-There were reasonable grounds to judge that you were driving or about to drive under the influence.
-There was adequate evidence to indicate you were under the influence of alcohol.
-You were fully informed of your rights at the police station.
-You were asked by the arresting officer to perform a breath test.
-You recorded a .08 BAC or above, or you refused to perform a breath test.
If the MVA is unable to prove any of these criteria have been met, then you may be able to prevent your license from being suspended. When going through the various stages of your DUI case, it is important to seek the counsel of a qualified DUI attorney. From navigating you through the license suspension process to defending you on your day in court, a DUI attorney is an invaluable part of your DUI defense team.
Bruce Robinson & Associates
Bruce Robinson & Associates is a criminal defense law firm based in Baltimore, MD. If you have been accused of criminal actions and need to seek aggressive counsel, Robinson & Associates is here to help. For more information and to schedule your free consultation, give Robinson & Associates a call at 443-524-7395 or visit us at www.marylandcriminallawyer.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.