Maryland License Suspension Lawyer
Residents of Maryland who are arrested for DUI/DWI must act quickly to avoid losing their drivers' licenses. An experienced license suspension attorney can help challenge these administrative consequences. Attorney Richard Kodzis focuses his practice on DUI/DWI matters, which includes MVA hearings to challenge the state's automatic suspension of your license. Contact our Glen Burnie office for more information or to schedule a free initial meeting.
An MVA Hearing -- Why It's Important
A driver charged with DUI/DWI has 10 days from the date of the arrest to request an MVA hearing in order to continue his driving privilege until the date of that hearing. A driver charged with DUI who fails to request a hearing within the 10-day window will automatically have his or her driver's license suspended on the 46th day after being charged. If the hearing is requested after the 10th day, but before the 30th day, the license will be suspended pending the MVA hearing.
It is vital to have legal representation at the hearing by an attorney familiar with the license suspension process who knows how to challenge the suspension. Mr. Kodzis has advised and represented Maryland residents in MVA hearings for over a decade.
At the MVA hearing, if the driver's blood alcohol level was less than 0.15, Richard Kodzis will argue to avoid the suspension, or to get the administrative judge to modify it to allow his client to drive back and forth to work, to school or to an alcohol education program.
If the driver's blood alcohol level was 0.15 or greater, his or her license may be suspended for 120 days, or the driver may have to install an ignition interlock on his or her car for a minimum of one year.
A driver's fate in both the administrative process and in court will also depend on whether this is the person's first offense and whether the driver refused to allow the police to conduct a breath test.
For these reasons, it is important to speak with an experienced license suspension lawyer as soon as possible, preferably as soon as charges are filed. Mr. Kodzis knows how to challenge the state's case against drivers charged with drunk driving. In some instances, the police fail to conduct the roadside or field sobriety tests correctly; in other situations, the device measuring the blood alcohol level may not be properly calibrated or the BAC test may not have been properly conducted. To learn more, contact our Glen Burnie office to schedule a free initial consultation.